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Two Bangor Residents Plead Guilty to Bath Salt Distribution Conspiracy

APR 02 (BANGOR, Maine) - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Adam Hathorn, 36, of Bangor and Tina Keaton, a/k/a "Fumble" 32, of Bangor pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a chemical compound commonly referred to as "bath salts" or "monkey dust."  

According to court records, the defendants illegally distributed MDPV in Penobscot County and elsewhere between April and December 2011.  Prior to October 21, 2011, MDPV was classified as a controlled substance analogue.  On that date, it was classified as a Schedule I controlled substance.  The defendants obtained quantities of MDPV from other members of the conspiracy in the Bangor area and then traded, sold, or otherwise distributed them to others.

The defendants face up to 20 year in prison, a $1,000,000 fine, or both.  They will be sentenced after the completion of presentence investigation reports by the U.S. Probation Office.

Hathorn and Keaton are two of 14 defendants charged as part of the conspiracy.  A third defendant, Matthew Tardiff, 27, of Old Town, Maine, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge on January 27, 2014 and awaits sentencing.


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