Drug Enforcement Administration

New England

Brian D. Boyle , Special Agent in Charge

November 19, 2015

Contact: SA Timothy Desmond

Phone Number: 617-557-2100

South Portland Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Being A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm

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 Wayne Sunderland, a/k/a “Sean Johnson,” a/k/a “Thomas Butler - ,” 32, of South Portland, Maine, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Sunderland pleaded guilty on July 9, 2015.

According to court records, on May 23, 2015, Johnson pulled alongside another vehicle with two occupants stopped at a traffic light located at the intersection of Payne Road and the Maine Turnpike Approach/Connector Road in Scarborough.  Johnson fired a shot into the vehicle missing both occupants and lodging in the driver side door.  He fled down Payne Road. A passing motorist reported the incident by calling 9-1-1.  Scarborough police officers responded and located Johnson’s vehicle parked in a driveway a short distance away.  Johnson was found and arrested hiding in nearby woods.  A police K-9 led officers to Johnson’s firearm, a Glock nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol that was buried under leaves near his vehicle.  Johnson was prohibited from possessing firearms due to a 2013 felony drug trafficking conviction in Maine. 

The case was investigated by the Scarborough Police Department; and the Southern Maine Gang Task Force comprised of agents and officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the Portland, South Portland, and Lewiston Police Departments.
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