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Augusta Man Sentenced to 8 Years for Gun and Drug Charges

BANGOR, Maine:  An Augusta man was sentenced in federal court in Bangor for possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker sentenced Keith Holmes, 24, to three years imprisonment for the fentanyl charge, followed by a consecutive term of five years imprisonment for the firearms charge. Judge Walker also sentenced Holmes to three years of supervised release. Holmes pleaded guilty on January 10, 2020.

According to court records, Holmes was found in his Augusta apartment on May 14, 2019, with bags of a mixture containing fentanyl packed for individual sales, as well as cash and four firearms. Other evidence found in his apartment indicated he was causing drug proceeds to be sent to individuals in New York State. In imposing the sentence, Judge Walker described the crimes as a “morbid” business, and noted the danger such acts present to the community.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Augusta Police Department investigated the case.

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