BANGOR, Maine — An accomplice to a convicted pharmacy robber who handled the money and oxycodone pills during a 2012 drug deal with a confidential informant working with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration was sentenced Monday in federal court to more than two years in prison.
Jennifer Dowling, 33, of Pittston went before U.S. District Judge John Woodcock Jr. on Monday at the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building. She was sentenced to 31 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release for distribution of oxycodone, a narcotic painkiller.
Dowling was indicted in October 2012 by a federal grand jury on one count of distribution of oxycodone. She pleaded guilty to the offense on Jan. 27.
Michael Pierce, about 33, Dowling and a third man who is deceased were arrested for an alleged robbery on June 20, 2012, by Augusta police, according to the Kennebec Journal. Pierce was charged in Kennebec County Superior Court with two counts of robbery in connection with May 8, 2012, and June 18, 2012, holdups of two different CVS pharmacies that he pled guilty to in October.
The day after the first pharmacy robbery, Dowling and Pierce sold $1,000 worth of oxycodone pills to a confidential informant working with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents in the Interstate 95 park-and-ride lot in West Gardiner, according to court documents. Dowling allegedly counted the money and handed the pills to Pierce, who was driving, and Pierce gave the pills to the confidential informant.
“During sentencing, the court noted that prior to her arrest on this charge, Ms. Dowling was a significant drug trafficker in the Augusta area,” a Tuesday press release from U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II states.
The investigation was conducted by the federal DEA and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.