PORTLAND – A Lewiston man was sentenced in federal court to 30 years in prison Monday after being convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine earlier this year.
After a three-day trial in July 2003, Mitchell “Mix” McGuire, 28, was found guilty of transporting crack cocaine from Boston to Lewiston, where he sold the drug.
McGuire moved from Boston to Lewiston in 2001 where he shared an apartment with his co-defendant, Susan Gray, 28, according to police. McGuire and Gray would travel to Boston about once a week, where they would obtain an average of 1 ounce of crack cocaine.
Gray was sentenced in September to 30 months in prison followed by three years of probation and is now serving her time in federal prison.
On Dec. 30, 2002, two Sabattus residents told police McGuire had entered their home during the early morning hours. He was carrying a gun and asked to see the couple’s son, who McGuire claimed had stolen crack cocaine from him.
The couple’s son was not at home and McGuire ordered them to lie on the living room floor and bound them with duct tape before leaving the house.
Later that morning, officers from the Lewiston and Sabattus police departments, as well as the Central Maine Violent Crime Task Force, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested McGuire and Gray at their apartment.
A search of the residence revealed a revolver, 3.7 grams of crack cocaine, and clothing matching the description given by the Sabattus residents.
“What drove [McGuire’s] sentence was the fact that under the federal sentencing guidelines, he qualified as a career offender,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Toby Dilworth said Monday. McGuire previously has been convicted of drug trafficking and other violent crimes, Dilworth said.
The court waived all monetary fines. McGuire will serve eight years probation after his release.
The incident was related to an investigation that involved a number of agencies and cooperating witnesses that led to several arrests and convictions, according to Dilworth.