- Associated Press - Thursday, April 28, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Brooklyn, New York, man has been sentenced to serve more than two decades in prison for trafficking crack cocaine and heroin throughout the Lewiston area.

James Winbrone was sentenced to 21 years behind bars Wednesday in federal court in Portland. The 32-year-old was found guilty of drug possession and distribution charges in September 2015.

Prosecutors say Winbrone faced an enhanced sentence due to his position of leadership in the trafficking ring and for his role in “an act of violence” involving a customer who owed a drug debt.

Winbrone’s indictment states that he was part of the drug conspiracy at least from April 2014 to October 2014.

A wire-tap investigation of the drug ring led police to Winbrone’s Bartlett Street apartment, where cocaine and heroin was seized by officers.

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