May 20, 2018
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Hope man sentenced to 2 years for dealing heroin near school

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 27-year-old Hope man will serve two years behind bars after admitting to selling heroin.

Richard J. Stanton pleaded guilty Friday in Knox County Superior Court to trafficking in heroin in March from his home that is located near the Hope Elementary School. Police have pointed out, however, that Stanton was not selling to children.

Stanton’s sentence will be served at the same time as a term he will serve for violating his federal supervised release on a federal charge of making fake $20 bills. He was sentenced in 2012 to 18 months in federal prison and then placed on supervised release for three years for passing the fake bills in upstate New York in early 2012.

The heroin bust occurred with Maine Drug Enforcement Agency using a confidential informant to make buys.

Stanton had been under investigation for a couple of months, according to police.

Maine State Police, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Maine Warden Service assisted MDEA in executing a search warrant at the home, where 20 grams of heroin, some packaged for sale, and about $2,500 in cash were seized.

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