A Winthrop man has been sentenced to 57 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty on Feb. 1 in U.S. District Court to drug and gun charges.

In March 2015, police searched the Mount Pisgah Road home of Chad Goucher, 38, and arrested three men following an investigation of several months.

Goucher was one of the three arrested after officers from Winthrop police, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Maine State Police and the Maine Wardens Service recovered 13 grams of heroin, drug paraphernalia, more than $15,000 in cash and three firearms, including a loaded 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun and a loaded .22-caliber rifle. Goucher was charged with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.

Because of a prior felony conviction in Maine, Goucher was prohibited from possessing firearms. Police officials said in a news release that Goucher admitted to law enforcement he intended to distribute some of the heroin, and he also said he knew he was not allowed to have guns.

Following his sentence, Goucher will be subject to three years of supervised release.

U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. characterized Goucher’s actions as “disgraceful” at Goucher’s sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor. Woodcock, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, said Goucher had disgraced his family’s name by turning his own mother’s home into a drug den.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also took part in the investigation.


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