BANGOR — Chad Goucher, 38, of Winthrop pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to possessing heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of an unregistered sawed-off shotgun.

According to court records and a written statement from U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II, on March 6, 2015, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Goucher’s home in Winthrop. Officers recovered 13 grams of heroin, drug paraphernalia and three firearms, including a .12 gauge Iver Johnson sawed-off shotgun, and $15,000 in cash.

Goucher had a prior felony conviction in Maine which prohibited him from possessing firearms. He admitted that he intended to distribute some of the heroin and he also admitted that he knew that he was not permitted to possess firearms, according to the statement.

David Ridlon, 37, of Winthrop and Joseph Crosby, 28, of Alaska were also arrested in connection with this case.

According to the statement, Goucher faces up to 20 years in prison on the heroin charge, a $1 million fine, and between three years and life on supervised release. He also faces up to 10 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine for each of the firearms charges.

He will be sentenced after a pre-sentence investigation report by the U.S. Probate Office.

The investigation was conducted by the Winthrop Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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