PORTLAND, Maine — A Lewiston man is going to prison for nine years after he was sentenced Thursday on drug charges, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Akylle Murchison, 24, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine and possession to distribute bath salts.

In addition to jail time, Murchison also was sentenced to five years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty in May 2015.

Murchison and others had acquired the drugs in Massachusetts between 2011 and 2014, court documents indicated. The drugs were subsequently brought to Maine for distribution in Androscoggin County.

Police arrested Murchison after a search warrant was executed in July 2014. Over $53,000 in drug transaction money were seized during the search.

Lewiston and Auburn police, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration handled the case.

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Ryan McLaughlin

BDN sports freelancer Ryan McLaughlin grew up in Brewer and is a lifelong fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins.