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Presque Isle man sentenced on federal drug charges

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man was sentenced in federal court last week for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark said.

Kaleb Dahlgren, 32, was sentenced in the U.S. District Court in Bangor to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker.

Dahlgren was arrested on Oct. 3, 2019, on one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine along with several others and was held without bail. Earlier this year, he pleaded guilty to the charge in a plea agreement.

Between 2018 and 2019, Dahlgren and other members of the conspiracy transported methamphetamine from Arizona and Mexico into the state for sale and distribution in Aroostook County and other parts of central and northern Maine, according to his January plea agreement. 

His prosecution was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation aimed at dismantling the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigated this case with the assistance of multiple state and local law enforcement agencies. 

Investigators seized evidence demonstrating the conspiracy including methamphetamine, cell phones, forensic copies of cell phones, telephone records, and vehicle rental and purchase agreements. Additional evidence included the results of search warrants executed on several Facebook accounts associated with the conspiracy that were often used to relay information about drug deliveries and transport, according to court records. 

Dahlgren’s previous criminal record includes a 2018 indictment on charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal restraint, theft, domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence assault. He was previously convicted of domestic violence assault in 2012. 

 

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