A New York man is sentenced to 77 months in prison for his role in the trafficking of drugs and firearms in Central Maine.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says Rashaad McKinney, 28, is also known as Dawson or D. He was sentenced on Thursday for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute cocaine base (crack) and heroin, and with conspiracy to violate federal firearms laws.

Officials say, between November of 2016 and September of 2017, McKinney conspired with others from Rochester, New York to acquire the drugs, which were then brought to Central Maine to sell. In addition, he also conspired with others to illegally obtain guns from Augusta area firearms dealers, giving his straw-purchasers instructions on which weapons to buy, and then paying them in cash or drugs. Those firearms were then taken back to Rochester, New York.

A judge ordered him to spend 77 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release on the drug charge, and a concurrent 5 year prison sentence and 3 years supervised released on the gun charge.

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