Acting U.S. Attorney Donald E. Clark has announced that a man from Aroostook County has been convicted in federal court on two separate counts. In one case, the charges stem from an international drug trafficking system.
Taylor Lovely, 34, of Presque Isle was sentenced to 158 months in prison and five years on probation. According to court records, Lovely pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Documents indicate that a drug trafficking organization began distributing large amounts of methamphetamine in northern Maine around between January 2017 and August 2018. In this case, Lovely and his associates obtained the drugs from sources outside of Maine. Colorado and Arizona.
Then, between July 2018 and May 2019, Taylor Lovely and her co-conspirators distributed drugs from Mexico. After receiving the drugs from sources in the western and southern states, they were distributed throughout Aroostook County and parts of central and northern Maine.
Many state and local law enforcement agencies have assisted the US Drug Enforcement Administration; Internal security investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives; and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The case being pursued in Bangor was part of an investigation by the Special Forces to Combat Drugs of Organized Crime (OCDETF). The goals of this task force are to identify, disrupt and dismantle the top drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States. The force identifies and uses the forces of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to conduct these investigations.
Taylor Lovely pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2020. Judge Lance E. Walker delivered the sentence.