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July 16, 2014

Portland Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Crack Cocaine Trafficking

PORTLAND, ME—United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Abdullahi Nur, 26, of Portland, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Judge George Z. Singal to 10 years in prison for crack cocaine trafficking. Nur was convicted following a jury trial in October 2013.

According to court records, Nur regularly acquired crack cocaine in Boston and distributed it in the greater Portland area. He was involved in two traffic stops over three months in 2011 during which narcotics were seized. The Wells Police Department stopped Nur on July 31, 2011 and seized from the trunk 174 30 mg. Oxycodone pills located on top of a 9mm Smith and Wesson Sigma semi-automatic handgun on which Nur’s DNA was found. The weapon was used in a shooting in South Portland less than two weeks prior to the traffic stop. The Scarborough Police Department stopped Nur at 2:00 a.m. on October 25, 2011. Nur got out of the vehicle and fled on foot into a nearby wooded area. Police officers eventually arrested him and seized crack cocaine. Nur admitted that he sold drugs to make money and travelled to Boston weekly to pick up an ounce of crack for resale in Portland.

In imposing the lengthy sentence, Judge Singal noted, among other things, Nur’s lengthy criminal history, his long-time involvement in drug trafficking, his possession of a firearm during his drug trafficking, and his contemptuous conduct during his trial.

The investigation was conducted by the Scarborough, Wells and South Portland Police Departments; the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; and the Southern Maine Gang Task Force which is comprised of investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; and the Portland and Biddeford Police Departments.

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