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Five Maine men face heroin-trafficking charges | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Five Maine men face

heroin-trafficking charges

The indictments are the result of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigation that has been ongoing since October.

By Trevor Maxwell tmaxwell@mainetoday.com

Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Four men from southern Maine and one from central Maine were indicted by a federal grand jury this week on heroin-trafficking charges.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court, the indictments are the result of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency investigation that has been ongoing since October in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Details of the alleged crimes have not been released to the public, as law enforcement affidavits remain under seal.

The men facing the most serious charges are David Aaskov, 30, of Windham and Daniel Tarbox, 39, of Biddeford. Each is charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin, and possession with intent to distribute the drug. If convicted, they will face a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison.

Brent Kinney, 25, of Old Orchard Beach is charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin, and aiding and abetting. His maximum prison term would be 40 years. Matthew Coffin, 24, of Durham and Christopher Hunnewell, 28, of Chelsea are charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin. They would face a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Aaskov and Kinney pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday. They were ordered to remain in custody pending bail hearings. Tarbox has been arrested but has not yet appeared in court. Hunnewell has not been arrested and is scheduled to be arraigned on March 29. Coffin’s status is unclear.

According to a DEA fact sheet prepared for Maine and last updated in March of 2009, the availability of heroin in Maine has been “moderately increasing.” The primary suppliers are based in Massachusetts, and they typically transport the drug in passenger vehicles.

via Five Maine men face heroin-trafficking charges | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

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