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Auburn Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

SEP 03 (PORTLAND, Maine) -Michael J. Ferguson, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that David Goyette, 27, of Auburn, Maine, pleaded guilty last Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.  

According to court records, from 2011 through June 2013, Goyette obtained kilogram quantities of cocaine from Massachusetts, cooked some of it into crack cocaine and distributed both substances in the greater Lewiston/Auburn area.  On June 3, 2013, Goyette telephonically made plans to meet his supplier the next day in Boston.  The next day, law enforcement agents followed Goyette as he drove from Auburn to Boston.  In Boston, law enforcement agents watched as Goyette and his supplier met and then left in separate vehicles.  Shortly thereafter, both vehicles were stopped and agents recovered about $25,000 in the supplier’s vehicle.  On June 4, 2013, search warrants were executed at Goyette’s and his mother’s residences.  In a closet outside the mother’s apartment, agents recovered about 500 grams of cocaine and a digital scale.  Inside Goyette’s apartment, agents recovered expensive jewelry.

The defendant faces between five and 40 years in prison and a $5,000,000 fine.  He will be sentenced after the completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The joint investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Auburn Police Department, 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.

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