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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

District of Maine

For Immediate Release

June 20, 2013

Thomas E. Delahanty II, United States Attorney

Contact: Darcie N. McElwee, Public Information Officer
(207) 771-3227

Lewiston Man Sentenced to Over 27 Years on Drug Conspiracy and Arson Charges

Portland, Maine: The Office of the United States Attorney announced that Trezjuan Thompson, 29, formerly of Lewiston, Maine, was sentenced in United States District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to 327 months in prison for drug conspiracy and arson charges. Thompson pled guilty to the charges on May 31, 2011.

According to evidence introduced at the sentencing, the plea hearing, and at a trial of a co–conspirator, Hasan Worthy, from about November 2008 until November 24, 2009, Thompson was part of a drug trafficking organization that sold cocaine and cocaine base, or "crack cocaine," in the Lewiston–Auburn area.

On November 23–24, 2009, Thompson set fire to the rental apartment of a co–conspirator that he and the co–conspirator previously shared in a multi–unit apartment building in Auburn. At the time of the fire, Thompson was subject to a protection from abuse order issued by the Maine District Court in Lewiston on behalf of the co–conspirator which prohibited him from having any contact with her. Investigation revealed that Thompson started the fire by pouring gasoline throughout the empty apartment before igniting it. The apartment was destroyed and adjacent apartments were damaged.

Although Thompson was incarcerated after the fire, he conspired from November 24, 2009 until about February 16, 2010 to distribute crack cocaine in the Lewiston–Auburn area using the phone systems at the Androscoggin County Jail and the Maine State Prison.

As a result of prior state convictions for drug trafficking and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, Thompson was subject to an enhanced sentence as a Career Offender.

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Lewiston and Auburn Police Departments.