A Connecticut woman was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor Friday to a year-and-a-half in prison for trafficking cocaine and fentanyl in Franklin County.
Chrissie LaForge, 43, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release for possessing fentanyl and cocaine base with intent to distribute.
LaForge had previously pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2023.
According to court records, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a suspected drug trafficking operation out of a residence in Avon in 2020.
Over the course of a months-long investigation, law enforcement observed vehicles rented or owned by LaForge parked outside of the residence that stayed for short durations.
The investigation produced evidence that LaForge was assisting in the drug trafficking organization that was operating out of the residence by renting vehicles in Connecticut for others to transport narcotics to the residence, or was transporting them herself, according to court records.
A search warrant executed at LaForge’s residence and rented vehicle in July 2020 resulted in the seizure of $10,000 cash, 44.9 grams of fentanyl, 12.65 grams of cocaine base, digital scales, baggies, needles, and other drug paraphernalia.
LaForge admitted to investigators that she brought the drugs to the residence, and that she had planned to pick up between $5,000 and $6,000 in drug proceeds during her visit.