A Portland drug dealer who was part of a ring bringing crack cocaine from out of state into Maine was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Portland to 11 years in federal prison.

Marco Gordon, 34, who went by the street name “Detroit,” had more than 180 grams of crack cocaine and more than $4,000 in cash when police and FBI agents executed a search warrant on Jan. 9 at an apartment at 88 Gilman St. in Portland, according to court records.

Gordon was a dealer who conspired with a larger group, including a ringleader named Russell Gordon, to smuggle crack cocaine from Connecticut and elsewhere from December 2013 until the time of their arrests, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Marco Gordon pleaded guilty July 7 to charges of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.

He was also sentenced by Judge George Singal to serve five years of supervised release after completion of his prison term. The judge ordered him to forfeit $4,415.

Russell Gordon, 31, of Ansonia, Connecticut, known by several names including “Murda,” “M1” and “Black,” has also pleaded guilty to charges against him. He has yet to be sentenced.

The cases against them and others was part of a 16-month investigation into cocaine trafficking involving several municipal, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The investigation began after a shooting at 66 Smith St. in Portland in July 2014 that residents told police was related to someone known as “Murda” stealing 20 bags of marijuana, according to an affidavit filed with the court by FBI Special Agent Christopher Peavey.

Police described the July incident as a home-invasion robbery in which two armed men forced their way into the apartment and demanded money. Nobody was injured. The gunshot struck the door of another apartment in the building.

Investigators intercepted telephone calls and text messages, and used hidden cameras to track the activities at 66 Smith St.

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