Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

May 27, 2014

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: 617-557-2100

Old Town Man Sentenced To 4¾ Years For Bath Salt Distribution Conspiracy

BANGOR, Maine - John J. Arvanitis, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration and United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Matthew Tardiff, 27, formerly of Old Town, Mainewas sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 4¾ years in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute MDPV, a chemical compound commonly referred to as “bath salts” or “monkey dust.”  The defendant pleaded guilty on January 27, 2014.

According to court records, Tardiff and 13 other members of the conspiracy illegally distributed MDPV in Penobscot County and elsewhere between April and December 2011.  He obtained MDPV from other members of the conspiracy and traded, sold or otherwise distributed it from his Old Town residence using cellular telephones and other means of communication.  

The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Old Town Police Department.

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