November 19, 2014
Contact: SA Timothy Desmond
Phone Number: 617-557-2100
Bangor Resident Sentenced To Almost Six Years For Bath Salt Distribution Conspiracy
BANGOR, 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 Daniel Hines, 38, of Bangor was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 70 months 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.”
According to court records, between April and December 2011, the members of the conspiracy illegally distributed large quantities of MDPV in Penobscot, Aroostook and Knox counties. The defendant obtained MDPV from other members of the conspiracy and traded, sold or otherwise distributed it to others. In November 2011, following the search of a co-conspirator’s residence in Bangor and the seizure of a large amount of MDPV, the defendant assisted another person in removing from the residence MDPV that the police had not found during their search. This additional quantity of MDPV was eventually distributed to another person, who was later caught by law enforcement. Hines is one of eighteen defendants who pleaded guilty to conspiring with Ryan Ellis and others to distribute the drug. Ellis previously pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.
The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Brewer and Bangor Police Departments.