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Presque Isle man sentenced for part on methamphetamine trafficking in northern Maine

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Another person from Presque Isle has been sentenced in federal court for his part in a plan to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine throughout northern and central Maine.

Tyler Neece, 29, was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty in February to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine. The case is related to that of Joel Strother, 44, who was sentenced in August to 27 years in prison for his role in the operation. 

Neece first obtained methamphetamine in 2017 from an out-of-state source and distributed the drugs throughout northern Maine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

Between 2018 and 2019, Neece distributed additional meth that had been obtained from southern and western U.S. states from sources in Mexico. Strother had also been a part of this operation. These drugs were then distributed throughout Aroostook County, as well as other parts of northern and central Maine. The amount of methamphetamine in this instance exceeded that of 50 grams. 

Both Neece and Strother were sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Lance E. Walker. 

The prosecutions of Neece and Strother, as well as several other co-conspirators, are part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces investigation conducted by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, in addition to multiple state and local law enforcement agencies. 

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