A Bangor woman who was caught with a huge amount of illegal drugs is going to prison for a very long time.

Who Was Sentenced?

Angelena Quirion, 41, of Bangor was convicted after a 4-day jury trial in Bangor in October 2023. She was convicted on a number of aggravated drug trafficking offenses.

How Many Illegal Drugs Were Seized in This Case?

The convictions stemmed from Quirion's arrest in Auburn on Thursday, January 20th, 2022. Quirion and Adam Jalbert were arrested outside the Androscoggin County Jail after trying to pay someone's bail with counterfeit money. A search of their vehicle by  Auburn Police resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine. That seizure prompted the execution of a search warrant the following day at the woman's home in Bangor. During that search, officials seized 1,316 grams of methamphetamine, 1,206 grams of fentanyl, 247 grams of cocaine, over $30,000 in cash, 2 handguns, and an AR 15 rifle.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says this was a huge drug bust that was taken into consideration by the court when determining the appropriate sentence:

  • The amount of fentanyl seized was over 201 times the amount of fentanyl required to trigger a 4-year mandatory-minimum jail sentence.
  • The amount of methamphetamine seized was over 13 times the amount needed to trigger a 4-year mandatory-minimum jail sentence.
  • The amount of cocaine seized was over twice the amount needed to trigger the same 4-year mandatory-minimum jail sentence.

The quantity of drugs seized during this investigation is one of the most significant seizures, to date, in the State of Maine.

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What Was the Sentence Handed Down?

As a result, on November 1st, 2023, Quirion received one of the most significant sentences ever handed down as part of a Maine drug case. She was ordered by the court to serve 30 years in prison, with all but 25 years suspended. That prison term will be followed by 4 years of probation. Investigators and prosecutors alleged, during the trial, that Quirion's motive to traffic the drugs was purely financial. She had no prior felony record in the State.

If you suffer with substance use disorder, you're encouraged to call 211 or text your zip code to 898-211 for a list of resources available in your area.

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in your community, you are urged to contact the Maine Drug Enforcement Office closest to you. Tips can also be sent by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411) or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.

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