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Lewiston Man Sentenced to Nine Years for Drug Trafficking

FEB 25 (PORTLAND, Maine) – Michael J. Ferguson Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Akylle Murchison, 24, of Lewiston, Maine, was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to nine years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base (also known as crack cocaine) and possession with intent to distribute bk-MDEA (a bath salt). He pleaded guilty to the charges on May 27, 2015. 

According to court records, between 2011 and 2014, Murchison and others obtained cocaine and crack cocaine in Massachusetts and brought the drugs to Maine for distribution in Androscoggin County.  On July 23, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence in Lewiston.  Murchison fled out the back door when police entered.  Police seized bk-MDEA and over $53,000 in drug proceeds during the search. 

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Maine State Police, the Auburn and Lewiston Police Departments, and the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office.  This investigation is part of 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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