Florida Man Sentenced to 9 ½ Years for Drug Trafficking
July 31 (PORTLAND, Maine) - United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Curtis Simmons, of Florida and Belgrade, Maine, was sentenced in United States District Court by United States District Judge George Z. Singal to nine and 1/2 years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. Simmons was also ordered to forfeit about $23,000 and a shotgun. Simmons pleaded guilty to the offense on March 15, 2012.
In August 2010, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) executed a search warrant at Simmons’ residence in Belgrade. Law enforcement personnel subsequently seized over 600 oxycodone pills, about $23,000 in cash, and a loaded shotgun. Simmons was arrested on state charges following this seizure.
On October 14, 2010, law enforcement personnel learned that while in jail, Simmons and his wife, Allison, were arranging for another shipment of oxycodone pills from Florida to Maine. After receiving this information, agents with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) met Simmons’ wife as she got off of an airplane at the Portland International Jetport. Agents seized 520 oxycodone pills from her bags. Allison Simmons entered a guilty plea on April 24, 2012 to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. She is scheduled to be sentenced on August 24, 2012.
This case results from a joint investigation conducted by DEA, MDEA, KCSO and the ongoing effort of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.