A New York man was convicted Thursday of dealing heroin and crack cocaine, a conviction that could carry a prison sentence of between 10 years and life.

According to a release issued by United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank, 36-year-old Carey Ackies of Jamaica, Queens, New York, was convicted following a four-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Frank said that on Jan. 18, 2016, federal agents intercepted a drug courier getting off a bus in Portland. The courier was in possession of heroin and crack.

An investigation revealed that Ackies was the source of the drugs and four days later he was arrested by officers at his apartment in New York. A search of his apartment resulted in the seizure of heroin and crack, a firearm, a money counter and evidence of drug trafficking. He was found guilty of conspiracy to distribute heroin and more than 28 grams of cocaine base.

Ackies will be sentenced following a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office. The case was investigated by Maine State Police and Lewiston police along with several officers connected with federal agencies.

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