November 7, 2012

NY man faces life in prison for Maine drug crimes

From staff reports

PORTLAND — A New York man faces the possibility of life in prison after being convicted on multiple federal drug charges.

Hasan Worthy, 36, was found guilty of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base and 500 grams or more of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and using a telephone to facilitate drug crimes.

Prosecutors say the evidence at trial indicated that Worthy and other conspirators regularly obtained cocaine from a New York City dealer, used female couriers to carry it to Maine, where it was processed into crack, and sold it from apartments in Portland, Lewiston and Waterville. The crimes took place between March 2009 and August 2010.

Authorities seized 250 grams of cocaine from five couriers, $11,000 worth of cocaine, $6,000 and five handguns during their investigation.

Worthy also faces a maximum fine of $20 million.

A date for his sentencing has not been set.

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