Jamie Akerson from Newport was sentenced to over 13 years in prison and five years of supervised release for conspiring to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin.

The 57-year-old defendant pled guilty on April 14, 2017.

According to court records:

Between May 2015 and January 2016, Akerson conspired with Todd Shorey and others to acquire large quantities of heroin on a weekly basis from an out-of-state supplier and to have it distributed by others throughout Central Maine.

The case was prosecuted as part of the Department of Justice’s Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic. The investigation included the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the MDEA, the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department, and assistance provided by the Augusta Police Department.