A Hampden woman was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to 18 months in federal prison for allowing her home to be used to distribute heroin and crack cocaine.
Sherri Chen, 55, pleaded guilty in July to one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises. She had been held without bail since then, according to information posted on the court’s electronic case filing system.
By pleading guilty, Chen admitted that between Jan. 1, 2016, and Feb. 1, 2017, she allowed drugs to be stored, distributed and used at her home on a regular basis. Chen, who was struggling with a drug addiction, allowed her residence on Main Road South to be used as a distribution point in exchange for drugs.
In sentencing Chen, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock “described the defendant’s decision to provide a ‘safe haven’ for drug dealers from Connecticut, as ‘deplorable,’” the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release Monday.
Chen’s attorney, Jeremy Pratt of Camden, did not immediately return a request for comment.
In addition to prison time, Woodcock sentenced Chen to three years of supervised release after she completes her prison term.
Chen faced up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.