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Federal judge sentences Madawaska man to 18 months for illegally importing drugs

BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge Monday sentenced Tristan Nelson of Madawaska to 18 months in prison for illegally importing methylphenidate and alprazolam, commonly sold under the trade names Ritalin and Xanax, respectively.
During the sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor, Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. also ordered Nelson to serve three years of supervised release once he completes his prison sentence, according to a press release issued Monday by U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank.
The release did not indicate how old Nelson is now, but he was 39 when he pleaded guilty in the same court on March 7, 2018.
According to court records, a mail package from the Philippines addressed to the defendant arrived on Feb. 22, 2017, at the Madawaska post office. Officers arrested Nelson after he picked up the package containing about 950 methylphenidate pills and about 450 alprazolam pills
He later admitted to agents that he bought the pills online, that he knew the pills were shipped to him from outside of the United States, and that he intended to distribute some of the pills, according to Frank.
Both prescription drugs can be abused and are addictive, according to
Nelson faced up to 25 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines on the charges.
The investigation was conducted by members of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

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