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May 15, 2014

Portland Man Pleads Guilty in Crack Cocaine Conspiracy

PORTLAND, ME—United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty, II announced that Biniam Tsegai, 26, of Portland, pled guilty today in United States District Court before Judge Nancy Torresen to conspiring to distribute cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine.

According to court records, in 2011 and 2012, the defendant was part a drug trafficking conspiracy that acquired cocaine in Boston and distributed crack cocaine in the greater Portland area. He prepared crack cocaine for sale and distribution after it had been brought to Maine, and he took orders for and delivered user-level quantities of crack cocaine to customers.

He faces up to 40 years in prison and a $5,000,000 fine. He will be sentenced after completion of a pre-sentence investigation report by the United States Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Portland Police Department, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Maine State Police, and the Southern Maine Gang Task Force, which is a task force composed of agents and officers from FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; and the Portland and Biddeford Police Departments.

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