AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who told a judge he moved to Maine from New York City to escape his drug addiction has been sentenced to six years in prison for dealing crack cocaine and heroin.
Allen Jamel James was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in Kennebec County Superior Court to four counts of aggravated trafficking.
Prosecutors say the James, 32, sold the drugs last June to an undercover investigator working for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency who was wearing a wire and recorded the events.
The Kennebec Journal reports that James told the judge he moved from Manhattan to Maine in 2010 but returned to using and selling drugs when his seasonal work ended and he couldn’t find another job.
James apologized to his two young children in court.