Thomaston man sentenced to five years in prison in federal bath salts case
Bangor — U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced a Thomaston man to 63 months in federal prison Thursday, Aug. 9 for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
Travis Griffin, 27, also was given three years of supervised release after his prison term ends, and a $100 special assessment, according to the clerk's office at the U.S. District Court in Bangor.
Part of his incarceration calls for his being sent to a Bureau of Prisons facility closest to Maine that offers a 500-hour drug treatment program.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey prosecuted the case, and attorney Wayne Foote provided the defense.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in December 2011 found one-and-a-half pounds of Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, a controlled substance commonly referred to as "bath salts," hidden at a vacant house Griffin and his family own in Thomaston.
Also searched was a Jeep that Griffin was a passenger in when Waterville police stopped the vehicle for a traffic violation just before Thanksgiving 2011. Griffin and two others were charged by Waterville police at the time. Griffin's arrest from Waterville also was bath salt trafficking. The bath salts were found inside a video game console in the passenger compartment of the Jeep that police had impounded following the arrests.
MDEA Supervisor James Pease said in the December 2011 news release that Griffin was part of a major distribution ring of bath salts in Knox County.
According to the government's version of the offense, between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec, 10, 2011, there existed a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a variety of controlled substances, including bath salts, oxycodone, hydrocodone, alprazolam and buprenorphine.
The conspiracy existed for several months before Griffin joined. His involvement was limited to bath salts, said the government report. The defendant stored and transported bath salts with and for other members of the conspiracy.
Griffin was arrested with two co-conspirators Nov. 19, 2011, in Waterville and found in possession of bath salts. He also had hidden an additional amount at a residence in Knox County.
Following his arrest, he made attempts to sell a portion of the bath salts and distribute the remainder to another co-conspirator.
On Dec. 9, 2011, investigators executed a state search warrant at his Knox County residence and seized the bath salts concealed there, according to the government report.
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