An Aroostook County man whom police described as a “major dealer” of the hallucinogenic drug commonly referred to as bath salts was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.

Lance Ellison, 45, of Woodland, was sentenced after pleading guilty in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton to numerous charges, including aggravated trafficking of drugs and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Investigators from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Ellison in February 2014 after seizing about 2 kilograms of the hallucinogen from his residence, more than $28,000 cash and two firearms. The street value of the seized drugs was more than $300,000, McCausland said in a written statement.

“Ellison was believed to be a major dealer of ‘bath salts’ that were sold in Aroostook County,” McCausland said in the statement.

MDEA Director Roy McKinney and Aroostook County Sheriff Darrell Crandall said in a joint statement that it is difficult to measure the impact of Ellison’s actions, to know how many people became addicted to the drugs he sold, or the indirect impact on the community.

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