BANGOR, Maine — A New York City man who purchased crack cocaine in the Bronx, had it shipped to Bangor and pocketed drug money for more than two years was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to 10 years in federal prison.
U.S. District Judge John Woodcock said he had reservations when he sentenced Dawlin “Boss Man” Cabrera, also known as Rolando Andujar, 30, to the government’s recommended 120 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base.
Cabrera faced between 324 and 405 months — 27-34 years — in prison, based on federal sentencing guidelines, the judge said. The government recommended the reduced sentence because Cabrera testified against other members of the drug trafficking ring earlier this year.
“It’s troubling that the government is suggesting a [lesser] sentence than they did for [Manuel] Trinidad-Acosta,” Woodcock said. “The defendant was in fact his boss.”
Manuel “Fish” Trinidad-Acosta was sentenced by Woodcock Friday to 180 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, and another 60 months, to be served concurrently, for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
“Trinidad-Acosta is not in his [Cabrera’s] league. Trinidad-Acosta was out selling on the streets … and I gave him 20 years,” Woodcock said.
Trinidad-Acosta, 29, of New York City and Edward Cogswell, 47, of Bangor were together convicted by a jury in January of the federal drug trafficking charges.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith, based in Concord, N.H., told Woodcock that Cabrera’s testimony helped to convict Trinidad-Acosta and Cogswell, and helped investigators get the other half dozen co-defendants to enter guilty pleas.
Woodcock called the government’s suggested sentence “extraordinary” and a “dramatic reduction” and he asked if it was a mistake.
“I believe his cooperation … caused the house of cards to collapse,” Feith responded.
The federal judge also questioned whether Cabrera was truthful when he testified against Trinidad-Acosta and Cogswell, which he presided over.
“He was not truthful about his role,” Woodcock said. “He said [Jowenky] Nunez was the boss. Everybody who testified said [Cabrera] was the boss and some said, ‘He was the boss of the bosses.’”
Jowenky “Bullet” Nunez, 30, of New York City, N.Y., and Pauline Rossignol, 53, of Brewer both entered guilty pleas for the drug conspiracy charges in January. Nunez, Rossignol and Cogswell are awaiting sentencing, along with Robert “Ranger” L. Jordan, age unknown, of Eddington and Christopher Mullins, 44, of Bangor.
Abraham Lluberes, 22 of New York City, Jacob “Pinky” Garcia, 22, of New York City, Kizzy Fader, 34, of Bangor and Jennifer Holmes, 28, of Bangor already have been sentenced for their roles in the drug ring. Kelvin Mally, 18, of New York City was indicted by a federal grand jury on a drug conspiracy charge on Nov. 17, 2011, but has never been arrested, Feith said.
Bangor police, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement agencies busted the crack cocaine ring, which was operating out of two adjacent Ohio Street apartments — rented and furnished by Cabrera — on Nov. 3, 2011. More than a dozen people were arrested. Investigators discovered that the drug trafficking ring had operated in Bangor between September 2010 and November 2012, and that it was linked to a Dominican drug-trafficking operation based in New York City.
Cabrera was born in the Dominican Republic and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2010.
Cabrera told the judge he has three children and said his father was jailed when he was a child and now, “I’m seeing my kids in the same situation I was.”
He asked Woodcock for a lesser sentence, “to give me a chance.”
Woodcock said he believes that Cabrera loves his children but he could not overlook the local people — “the addicts” he called them during the Trinidad-Acosta and Cogswell trial — that remain affected by his drug trafficking in Maine.
“This community will spend decades trying to pick up the pieces of the broken lives you’ve left behind,” the judge said.
In addition to the 10-year sentence, Woodcock also sentenced Cabrera to five years of supervised released after he gets out of prison and ordered that he participate in a work release program or do 20 hours of community service a week, if not employed.