A man who hit a deputy with a car as he led a pursuit out of Skowhegan is now facing up to 40 years in prison on drug charges.

Who is the Defendant?

Cody Mosher, 28 of Anson was arrested on January 19th after a police pursuit and charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, eluding a police officer, assault, and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

What Were the Circumstances of His Arrest?

The incident began when Somerset County Sheriff's Deputies tried to execute a search warrant on Mosher's Chevrolet Cruze in a Skowhegan laundromat's parking lot. Mosher initially refused to exit the vehicle, but then fled the scene, hitting a deputy with his car in the process. The deputy received minor injuries. The police chase traveled 13 miles, from Skowhegan to Norridgewock, and then into Madison where a Maine State Police Trooper ended it by using a PIT maneuver and forcing the Cruze into another vehicle.

A search of Mosher's vehicle resulted in the seizure of 758.91 grams of fentanyl, 21 grams of cocaine, a substantial amount of cash, and more than 300 pills. According to the DEA, just 2 milligrams of fentanyl is considered a lethal dose, so the amount seized from Mosher's vehicle could have killed more than 379,000 people.

How Much Prison Time Could He Get?

On September 1st, 2023 Mosher pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Bangor to possessing fentanyl with intent to distribute. According to the United States Attorney's Office District of Maine, he now faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and could get up to 40 years, as well as a fine of up to $5 million. Once he's released from prison, he could get anywhere from four years to a lifetime of supervised release. His sentencing will be held at a later date, following the completion of a presentence investigative report by the U.S. Probation Office.

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