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October 1, 2015

New York Man Found Guilty of Heroin and Crack Cocaine Trafficking

PORTLAND, ME—The United States Attorney’s Office announced that James Winbrone, 32, of Brooklyn, New York, was found guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby of possession with intent to distribute heroin and distributing cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, following a two-day bench trial.

Court records reveal that on April 10, 2014 and October 28, 2014, the defendant was involved in the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in Lewiston. On January 14, 2015, a search warrant executed at a Lewiston apartment used by the defendant resulted in the seizure of cocaine and heroin.

Winbrone faces up to 30 years in prison and a $2,000,000 fine. Based on prior convictions for drug trafficking, he may also be subject to an enhanced sentence as a career offender.

The investigation was conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Maine State Police, and the Southern Maine Gang Task Force, which is comprised of agents and officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Portland and Biddeford Police Departments; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Assistance was also provided by the Lewiston and Auburn Police Departments and the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office.

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