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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Darcie McElwee, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Bangor Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Penobscot and Aroostook County Drug Trafficking

Of 21 Defendants Charged, 10 Have Been Sentenced and 8 More Have Pleaded Guilty

BANGOR, Maine: A Bangor man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Bangor for his role in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl.

According to court records, between January 2018 and December 2021, Aaron Rodgers, 43, and others trafficked methamphetamine and fentanyl in Penobscot and Aroostook counties and elsewhere. Rodgers knowingly and intentionally joined and participated in the conspiracy.

Twenty-one defendants have been charged in this and related cases for their part in the northern Maine drug trafficking conspiracy. To date, ten of the defendants have been sentenced and eight have pleaded guilty:


  • Andrew Adams (32, Aroostook County) – 10 years
  • Wayne Smith (33, Bangor) – 85 months
  • Danielle McBreairty (33, Glenburn) – 20 years
  • Blaine Footman (37, Bangor) – 5 years
  • Nicole Footman (41, Holden) – 3 years
  • Dwight Gary, Jr. (53, Medway) – Time served
  • Matthew Catalano (37, Penobscot County) – 165 months
  • Thomas Hammond (25, Charleston) – 84 months
  • Christopher Coty (43, Bangor) – 4 years
  • James King (54, Caribou) – 165 months

Pleaded Guilty:

  • Sarah McBreairty (35, Dixmont)
  • John Miller (23, Caribou)
  • Shelby Loring (28, Bangor)
  • Joshua Young (48, Presque Isle)
  • Joshua Jerrell (30, Orrington)
  • Carol Gordon (53, Bangor)
  • Jason Cunrod (42, Caribou)
  • Aaron Rodgers (43, Bangor)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigated the case. Assistance was provided by the police departments in Orono, Bangor, Brewer, Caribou, Presque Isle and Houlton. U.S. Attorney Darcie McElwee also recognized the cooperation and coordination provided by the Maine State Attorney General’s Office and the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office.

Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces: This prosecution is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level drug traffickers, money launderers, gangs, and transnational criminal organizations that threaten the United States by using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach that leverages the strengths of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies against criminal networks.


Joel Casey, Assistant United States Attorney (207-945-0373)

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