PORTLAND — A 32-year-old Jamaican man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in a crack cocaine distribution ring in southern Maine.

Rashidi Campbell was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland. He was convicted last December.

Prosecutors say that from early 2010 until May 2011, Campbell was part of an organization that distributed crack cocaine from several apartments in the Portland area. Witnesses reported that the operation’s customer base was largely people receiving public benefits, and that sales were significantly higher on days when public benefits were distributed.

Officials say Campbell will be deported after he serves his sentence.


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