BANGOR, Maine — A Waterville man who recruited his girlfriend, mother, stepfather and other relatives to bring drugs from New York City to Maine for distribution in Kennebec County was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to nearly 16 years in federal prison.
Maurice “Mo” McCray, 34, pleaded guilty in March 2013 to charges in connection with the distribution of 6,600 oxycodone pills and nearly 26 ounces of cocaine between Jan. 1 and March 17, 2012.
In addition to 15 years and eight month behind bars, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced McCray to six years of supervised release.
McCray has a long criminal history for drug crimes, probation violations and driving infractions in New York and Maine dating back to his teen years, the judge said.
“The only time you were not involved in criminal conduct was when you were in jail,” Woodcock said.
McCray, who had no family or friends to support him at the sentencing, told the judge he had learned his lesson.
“I take responsibility for the harm and pain I’ve caused my community selling drugs,” McCray said just before being sentenced. “I’ve made the decision to work hard to be an honest man.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey called McCray the hub from which illegal drug use and sales flowed. The federal prosecutor said 20 other people had been convicted in federal court in connection with McCray’s operation.
McCray faced between 10 years and life in prison and a fine of up to $8 million. Under the prevailing federal sentencing guidelines, McCray faced between the sentence imposed and 19½ years behind bars. If he had not cooperated with federal prosecutors, he would have faced between 19½ and more than 24 years in prison.
Casey recommended a sentence of 16 years and eight months. Defense attorney Marvin Glazier of Bangor urged the judge impose a 10-year sentence.
He had been held without bail since his arrest in March 2012. That time will count toward his sentence.
According to the U.S. attorney’s office, the case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. Department of Homeland Security — Office of Homeland Security Investigations; the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; the Maine State Police; the police departments of Waterville, Augusta, Fairfield, Oakland and Skowhegan; and the Somerset and Kennebec County Sheriff’s Offices. The Kennebec and Somerset County District Attorney’s Offices and the Office of the Maine Attorney General also provided assistance in the investigation.
“This interstate drug trafficking organization was dismantled because local, state, county and federal law enforcement agencies worked closely together,” U.S. Attorney Delahanty said late Tuesday in a press release.
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