- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The former owner of a Portland music venue is headed to prison for his role in smuggling $2.7 million worth of cocaine across the country from California.

The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Wupmpb ) that 38-year-old Robert Evon of Portland was sentenced Thursday in a New York federal court to seven and a half years in prison for the drug smuggling.

He was also sentenced to 46 months in prison on charges he led a drug ring in Portland while he owned and ran the Port City Music Hall in the city.

Court documents say Evon pleaded guilty to charges he arranged to have two vending machines filled with cocaine delivered from Los Angeles to Vermont.

Evon’s attorney didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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