Freeport teacher gets 30 days for role in Lewiston crack operation

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PORTLAND — A former world languages teacher at the private Coastal School for Girls in Freeport has been sentenced to 30 days in federal prison, plus three years probation, for allowing his Lewiston home to be used by another man to cook crack cocaine.

Noel Thibodeau, 44, is scheduled to surrender to federal authorities on Aug. 26, according to court documents.

In November, as part of a plea agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office, Thibodeau pleaded guilty to one count of maintaining a drug-involved premises, a crime that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Judge George Z. Singal ordered Thibodeau to pay a $45,000 forfeiture. According to court documents, Thibodeau subsequently sold the home and paid the forfeiture.

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Thibodeau’s attorney, Neale Duffett, wrote in a sentencing memo that Thibodeau “was coerced into allowing his home to be used for drug trafficking” by Akylle Murchison, also known as “Neef,” a man who allegedly assaulted Thibodeau and threatened his family, Duffett wrote.

Murchison, 24, of Lewiston was arrested in July 2014 in Lewiston and charged with possession with intent to distribute “bk-MDEA,” one of the main ingredients in bath salts. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison, according to court documents.

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