A Bangor woman was sentenced to 30 years in prison Wednesday for numerous drug trafficking offenses, a sentence the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) called “one of the most significant sentences ever handed down as part of a State of Maine drug case.”
On Jan. 20, 2022, 41-year-old Angelena C. Quirion of Bangor was arrested by the Auburn Police Department.
During her arrest Auburn police officers seized a significant amount of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine from her vehicle.
Quirion was arrested alongside Adam Jalbert, 33, of Caribou.
Auburn Police said they were alerted of the pair after they tried to use counterfeit currency to bail someone out of the Androscoggin County Jail.
At the time of their arrests both Quirion and Jalbert had active bail conditions from previous drug arrests, according to police.
The next day, Jan. 21, 2022, MDEA agents executed a search warrant on Quirion’s home in Bangor, resulting in a total seizure of 1,316 grams of methamphetamine, 1,206 grams of fentanyl, 247 grams of cocaine, over $30,000 in cash, two handguns and an AR-15 rifle.
The amount of fentanyl seized was over 201 times the amount required to trigger a 4-year mandatory-minimum jail sentence.
The U.S. DEA states that just 2 mg of fentanyl is considered a potentially lethal dose — meaning that the 1,206 grams seized from Quirion was enough to kill approximately 600,000 people.
The amount of methamphetamine and cocaine seized was also several times more than required to deliver their respective 4-year mandatory-minimum sentences.
“The quantity of drugs seized during this investigation represent one of the most significant seizures, to date, in the State of Maine,” the MDEA wrote in a Thursday press release.
Quirion was convicted on numerous aggravated drug trafficking offenses on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, following a 4-day jury trial in Bangor Unified Criminal Court.
She was sentenced by the court to a prison sentence of 30 years with all but 25 years suspended, followed by 4 years of probation.
The motivation for her drug trafficking, according to the contention of prosecutors and investigators, was purely financial.
Quirion had no prior felony record in Maine.