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Lewiston cocaine dealer gets 14 years in prison, 5 years of probation

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PORTLAND, Maine — A Lewiston man who was part of a cocaine distribution ring in the city has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Lamar Young was also sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to five years of probation on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Authorities say Young and the others contributed money to purchase cocaine base and cocaine powder from suppliers in Massachusetts. The cocaine was transported to Maine, turned into cocaine base when necessary, packaged for distribution, and sold.

Young was arrested in March 2014 in the bedroom of an apartment that also contained a digital scale and several plastic bags containing cocaine powder and cocaine base, and a loaded handgun.

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