Presque Isle Man Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking

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BANGOR, Maine:  A Presque Isle man was sentenced in federal court today for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced.

U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker sentenced Robert Poliero, a/k/a “Charlie,” 58, to 18 years in prison and five years of supervised release.

According to court records, between approximately July 2018 and May 2019, Poliero and others conspired to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Poliero personally traveled to Georgia on at least two occasions to obtain methamphetamine. Once he transported the drugs back to Maine, he and his co-conspirators distributed them in Aroostook County.

On May 19, 2019, Poliero was returning from one such trip to Georgia with another person. Poliero intended to bring a large quantity of methamphetamine back to northern Maine for distribution. The Maine State Police stopped the vehicle in which Poliero was traveling. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of approximately 6,100 grams of a mixture containing methamphetamine. While on federal bail for this offense, Poliero was arrested on a new aggravated drug trafficking charge prosecuted by the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Maine State Police investigated these cases with the assistance of multiple state and local law enforcement agencies. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office appreciates the assistance of the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office with these cases.

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