A Jamaica, New York, man has been sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison for his part in a heroin and crack cocaine trafficking conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge George Z. Singal sentenced Carey Ackies, 36, on Tuesday in Portland to 230 months in prison and eight years of supervised release.

Ackies was convicted after a three-day jury trial in November of conspiracy to traffic and aiding and abetting the possession, with intent to distribute, of heroin and 28 grams or more of crack.

According to authorities, federal agents on Jan. 28, 2016, intercepted a drug courier who was getting off a bus in Portland while carrying heroin and crack. Their investigation determined that the drugs had been sent by Ackies, whose New York apartment was searched and heroin, crack, a gun, a money counter and other evidence of drug trafficking were seized.

In sentencing Ackies, Singal said the New York man was a professional drug dealer who was responsible for sending substantial amounts of drugs to Maine.

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