AUGUSTA — A convicted drug dealer arrested two months ago in Winslow on new drug offenses pleaded guilty Thursday to one charge of aggravated trafficking in heroin.

Darrick J. Delile, 38, of Winslow, was sentenced at the Capital Judicial Center to serve the initial five years of a 15-year underlying sentence, with the remainder suspended, and four years’ probation. The offense occurred Dec. 22, 2016, in Winslow when Delile sold heroin to an undercover agent.

In exchange for the plea, three other aggravated drug trafficking charges were dismissed.

The five years behind bars is to run concurrently with a 51-month probation revocation for Delile’s prior trafficking conviction in 2014.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Delile agreed to forfeit a 1999 Mercedes, which the prosecutor said was where drug enforcement agents located 30 grams of suspected heroin “divvied up and ready for sale,” as well as $2,000 in cash — believed to be drug-connected — that was located in a separate vehicle.

The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney General Katie Sibley, argued for Delile to spend seven years behind bars, saying he was on probation for a prior drug trafficking charge at the time of the new offense and also has a prior drug furnishing conviction.

Delile’s attorney, Walter McKee, asked that the upfront jail time for the new sentence be kept to 51 months and be concurrent with the probation revocation.

McKee said Delile “had a pretty significant accident several years ago and was prescribed opiates and became hooked and continued on that.”

Both attorneys noted that Delile took responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty early in the case.

Justice William Stokes said Delile needed to serve additional time for the new offense in particular because it involved heroin, which has led to a record number of drug overdose deaths.

Delile also was fined $400.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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