New Vineyard Man Pleads to Federal Drug Trafficking and Gun Charges

According to a statement from a U.S. attorney, a New Vineyard man pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court to federal drug and gun charges that could get him sentenced to prison for life.

According to U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank in a news release, Jordan Richard, 24, formerly of Rangeley, now faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and oxycodone.

Richard also faces 10 years to life in prison after his guilty plea to discharging a firearm during, in relation to, or in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime — a shooting event that led to the death of one man.

Richard shot one of two men who was trying to rob his Rangeley home with a semiautomatic handgun in July 2016. One man fled the scene and was arrested by police and the other died from his injuries.

Officers who were investigating the shooting found cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone, cash and drug paraphernalia in the residence. The discovery led to an investigation into Richard, which police say showed that in the period of January 2016 to September 2017, he and others conspired to traffic the drugs.

In addition to prison time, Richard faces up to eight years of supervised release for both charges. He also could be fined $1,000,000 and $250,000, respectively, for the drug and gun charges.

The investigation was led by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Maine State Police; and the Rangeley Police Department. The Office of the Maine Attorney General provided assistance.

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