A Maine man is going to prison after he was arrested with over a pound of fentanyl he brought from Massachusetts to sell in Bangor.

Who Was Sentenced?

Chad Savage, 34, was sentenced on Tuesday in a Bangor courtroom. U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. handed down a sentence of 10 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release. Savage pleaded guilty on June 13th, 2023 to possessing fentanyl with an intent to distribute.

Where Were the Drugs Found?

According to the United States Attorney's Office District of Maine, an investigation into Savage's activities began when the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency received information that he was allegedly traveling to Massachusetts to purchase fentanyl. Court documents state that Savage was then bringing those drugs back to Bangor, where they would be sold.

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When agents learned that Savage was making a return trip to Maine in June 2022, they pulled his vehicle over and executed a search warrant. Savage was cooperative, directing the investigators to the glovebox. There they found 50 pressed 'sticks' of suspected fentanyl.

How Lethal Was This Shipment?

After being examined at a lab, it was confirmed that the drugs seized were 588.7 grams of fentanyl. Less than two milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal, depending on a person's body size, tolerance, and past usage, so this one shipment had the potential to kill over 290,000 people. Savage told authorities during an interview that he had traveled to Massachusetts to get the drugs, stating that the drugs were 'fronted' to him and that he estimated he had originally been provided with 1,000 grams.

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