Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

November 20, 2014

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: (617) 557-2100

Bangor Resident Sentenced To 7a½ Years In Prison 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 Adam Hathorn, - 36, of Bangor was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 90 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.”  Hathorn pleaded guilty to the charge on April 2, 2014.

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 packaged and distributed MDPV to others in the Bangor area.  He collected payment for the drugs and used the money to purchase additional quantities from other members of the conspiracy.  Hathorn is one of eighteen defendants who pleaded guilty to conspiring with Ryan Ellis to distribute the drug.  Ellis previously pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.

In imposing sentence, Chief Judge Woodcock noted that Hathorn was “involved in a very bad business” and “caused a lot of harm” to his own community.

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.

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