A former Lewiston man was sentenced Wednesday to serve five years of a nine-year sentence in federal prison for conspiring to distribute at least 28 grams of crack cocaine.

Lamar “Dash” Young, 30, pleaded guilty to the charge in November in U.S. District Court in Portland, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig Wolff.

In late 2012 and early 2013, Young and other co-conspirators were dealing cocaine base from a Lewiston apartment. They reportedly pooled their money to buy powder cocaine and crack from suppliers in Massachusetts, had it brought to Maine, cooked the powder cocaine into crack, then packaged it for distribution from the Lewiston apartment, Wolff said.

The Lewiston Police Department, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation.

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