PORTLAND — An Auburn man will serve ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges that he sold fentanyl and cocaine from his High Street apartment in the summer of 2021.

Vincent Steed Androscoggin County Jail photo

Vincent Steed, 42, pleaded guilty in December to a charge of possessing with the intent to distribute the drugs. When he was arrested by drug agents in June of 2021, Steed was already on supervised release having been recently released from prison after a 2016 conviction for similar drug charges.

In federal court on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen sentenced Steed to ten years to be followed by three years of supervised release. Judge Torresen imposed an additional two years of imprisonment on Steed for violating his conditions of supervised release, to run concurrently.

On June 24, 2021, state drug agents executed a search warrant at Steed’s Auburn apartment, according to court records. Agents entered the apartment and found a sandwich bag containing 47 tickets of suspected fentanyl, 23.2 grams of broken, suspected counterfeit Xanax bars, and six multicolored pills inside a bag of dog food under a kitchen counter, according to court records.

Although tests on the suspected counterfeit Xanax bars and pills were inconclusive, one of the 47 tickets of suspected fentanyl tested presumptively positive for fentanyl, according to court records.

The case was investigated by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

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