Minot Man Sentenced to 7½ Years on Drug and Firearm Charges
A 30-year-old Minot man was sentenced Tuesday to 7½ years in prison and three years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and cocaine, and possession a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.
Ross Tardif pled guilty on June 29, 2016. According to court records, in August 2014, law enforcement responded to a 911 emergency call reporting a home invasion at Tardif’s home in Minot. Tardif was not home when agents arrived.
While investigating the home invasion, the police discovered over 375 grams of cocaine, over 650 oxycodone pills, and over 14 kilograms of marijuana inside the house. Tardif arrived home after the drugs were seized and admitted to being involved in distributing those drugs.
Subsequent investigation revealed that Tardif had been obtaining the drugs in New York since at least 2012 and distributing them in the Lewiston/Auburn area. Tardif also purchased a firearm to protect his drug distribution activities.
This joint investigation was conducted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Maine State Police.