A Massachusetts man with multiple previous convictions was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for distributing and possessing with intent to distribute controlled substances in Maine’s Androscoggin and Cumberland Counties.
U.S. District Judge Nany Torresen sentenced 28-year-old Devon Ashton of Worcester, Massachusetts to 72 months and prison followed by four years of supervised released.
Ashton pleaded guilty in late July 2023.
According to court records, in the early months of 2023 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) conducted four controlled purchases of fentanyl from Ashton, totaling approximately 192 grams.
A controlled purchase, or controlled buy, is when a cooperating witness or undercover law enforcement officer purchases illegal items or a controlled substance from a criminal suspect.
At the end of March 2023, Ashton was stopped for speeding in Lewiston, resulting in the seizure of $8,000 and approximately 59 grams of cocaine.
He was arrested in May 2023.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine, Ashton has previous convictions for unlawful firearms possession and assault, among other offenses.
Additionally, while awaiting sentencing Ashton was involved in an altercation at the Stafford County Department of Corrections in New Hampshire, and has been indicted for Assault by Prisoner, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.