BANGOR — A Bronx, New York, man was sentenced to prison Monday on drug charges related to a trafficking ring that brought large amounts of prescription pills and illegal drugs from New York into the Waterville area before it was broken up in 2012.

Anthony Gomez, 35, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Bangor to a term of three years and five months imprisonment and a three-year supervised release on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribute oxycodone, according to a news release from Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey.

Gomez was arrested following an 18-month-long fugitive investigation by the U.S. Marshals Service, according to Casey.

Gomez is the twenty-third person to be convicted and sentenced in the federal investigation into a drug trafficking conspiracy that brought prescription narcotic oxycodone and other drugs, including cocaine, from the New York City area to Waterville and nearby communities.

Maurice McCray, a key player in importing and distributing drugs in the area, was sentenced in 2014 to almost 16 years in prison for his role in the trafficking network. McCray was accused of bringing 6,500 oxycodone tablets from New York City to Waterville personally and through couriers.

According to Casey, Gomez was one of McCray’s New York sources for oxycodone and conspired with him and others to bring drugs to Waterville between January and March 2012.

Federal Drug Enforcement agents, with the help of local law enforcement, arrested McCray and nine other members of the trafficking group in a May 2012 sweep in Waterville and other central Maine locations.

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