AUGUSTA — A city man whose home was described by police as a place for an out-of-state gang to funnel illegal drugs into Maine was sentenced Tuesday to five years in jail with all but one year suspended and two years’ probation.

Peter E. Gleason, 33, of Augusta, had pleaded guilty Sept. 3 in Kennebec County Superior Court to a charge of unlawful furnishing of heroin, and the case was continued until Tuesday for a brief sentencing hearing.

A charge of aggravated trafficking in more than six grams of heroin was dismissed in exchange for the plea.

Gleason’s 1 Penley St., Augusta, home was the target of a police raid Dec. 18 and 10 people were arrested, seven of them with Pennsylvania addresses. One of those arrested was a 17-year-old girl.

Officers of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reported seizing 45 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $10,000 and approximately five grams of what authorities believed to be methamphetamine.

Gleason also was ordered to enter inpatient treatment within 30 days of his release from jail and to testify truthfully in any criminal matter if called as a witness by the state.

Conditions of Gleason’s probation ban him from contact with eight of the people arrested that day: Ryan Minoty, 22, of Augusta, and Pennsylvania residents Ricquell Lindo, 21; Nathaniel Taylor, 20; Tyshawn Mack, 22; Kenya Evans, 21; Shaquanna Khaleelah Jones, 19; Darvent Cummings, 23, and Tyrone Wilkins, 24.

Charges remain pending against some individuals.

Evans, of Mt. Pocono, Pa., pleaded guilty in March to unlawful possession of heroin and was sentenced to four months in jail and a $400 fine. Cummings, of East Stroudsburg, Pa., pleaded guilty in February to illegal possession of heroin and was sentenced to six months in jail on that new charge, to be served at the same time as a six-month probation revocation, and fined $400. Wilkins, also of East Stroudsburg, Pa., pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of heroin in February and was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $400.

Mack, of Stroudsburg, Pa., is scheduled for a hearing on Dec. 2.

In a separate hearing Tuesday in Kennebec County Superior Court, an Oakland man was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to two charges of theft by deception.

Joseph M. Poulin, 55, was accused of participating in a scheme that involved writing a series of checks to different businesses on closed accounts from different banks March 19-21 in Oakland.

Charges against his wife at the time, Heather L. Poulin of Winslow, remain pending, according to the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Frayla Schoenfeld.

Poulin was ordered to pay up to $1,084.51 restitution.

The sentence is concurrent with a 27-month probation revocation.

Also sentenced Tuesday in separate hearings in Kennebec County Superior Court:

• Robert E. Blay, 35, of Vassalboro, failing to stop for an officer, driving to endanger, operating while license suspended or revoked July 10, 2011, in Augusta; 180-day jail sentence, all but 90 days suspended, one year administrative release, 30-day license suspension and $1,300 in fines.

• Steven Flannery, 24, of Belgrade, domestic violence assault Oct. 15 in Augusta; 364-day jail sentence, all but 40 days suspended, two years’ probation.

• Ashley M. Hunt, 25, of Windsor, theft by receiving stolen property April 12 in Randolph; 364-day jail sentence, all suspended, one year probation; $420 restitution.

• Theresa Manocchio, 45, formerly of Vassalboro and now of Windsor, unlawful possession of heroin Jan. 17 in Vassalboro; four-year jail sentence, all but six months suspended, two years’ probation, $400 fine.

• Peter McCollett Jr., 50, of West Gardiner, criminal mischief and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer; 10-day jail sentence.

• Michael A. Rouillard, 45, of Winslow, theft by unauthorized use of property May 22 in Winslow; 10-day jail sentence, to be served in the alternative sentencing program.

• Warren L. Sidelinger, 32, of China Village, unlawful possession of scheduled drug June 6, 2013, in Augusta; 18-month jail sentence, all but 21 days suspended, one year probation, $400 fine.

• Justin B. Viorla, 34, of Bronx, N.Y., unlawful possession of scheduled drug July 16, 2013, in Augusta; $400 fine.

• Lydia M. Wescott, 32, of Augusta and now of Northport, operating under the influence Dec. 27, 2012, and unlawful possession of scheduled drug March 27, 2014, both in Augusta; 7-day jail sentence, $500 fine, 90 day-license suspension.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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