United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that a 33-year-old Bangor man was sentenced Friday to eighteen months imprisonment and a three-year term of supervised release on his conviction for distribution of cocaine.

Department of Justice

According to court records, on April 2, 2015, Kliton Xhemali sold approximately one ounce of cocaine to a government informant who was working with an undercover agent of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The sale took place at Xhemali’s residence in Bangor.

At the sentencing hearing, the court found that Xhemali was responsible for four ounces of cocaine in addition to the amount that he sold on April 2 based on conduct that occurred on other dates.

In imposing the sentence, Judge Woodcock described as “mystifying” Xhemali’s decision to turn to drug dealing.  The court observed that the defendant came from a good family in the Country of Albania who provided him with opportunities in this country, was highly educated, charismatic, a few credits away from earning a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and a one-time owner of a pizzeria in Hampden, Maine.  Considering all this, the judge stated “to whom much has been given, much is expected” and told Xhemali that “you used your gifts to distribute poison to the people of this area.”

The case was investigated by the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.