Portland Man Sentenced for Aggravated Trafficking in Cocaine

March 26, 2010

For Immediate Release

Portland Man Sentenced for Aggravated Trafficking in Cocaine

Contact: Lisa R. Bogue Assistant Attorney General 207-626-8555

Rockland-Attorney General Janet T. Mills announced that Kaihlil Nigro was sentenced today in Knox County Superior Court to ten years all but seven years suspended, followed by four years of probation, for two counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Scheduled W Drugs (Cocaine) and a probation violation. A Knox County jury found him guilty of the drug trafficking offenses on December 15, 2009, after a two day jury trial. At the time of the drug trafficking offenses, Nigro was on probation for a December 2, 2008 conviction for felony possession of cocaine in Cumberland County. A hearing on the State?s request to revoke his probation was held at the same time as the trial and the court found that he had violated his probation by committing the new crimes.

In August of 2009, Nigro travelled from Portland to the Rockland area to sell cocaine. Twice on August 25, 2009, he sold cocaine to a confidential informant working with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Law enforcement officers from Rockland Police Department, Maine State Police, Knox County Sheriff?s Office and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant in Rockland on September 1, 2009 and found Nigro in possession of 47.8 grams (1.69 ounces) of cocaine. Agents located the cocaine in a safe belonging to Nigro. The 17 one gram packages and the 12 three gram packages found in Nigro?s possession had a street value of approximately $5,300.

Attorney General Janet Mills applauded the cooperative efforts of the law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of this case. ?Law enforcement agencies working together to share information and resources, as they have in this case, is essential to the successful identification and prosecution of drug traffickers like Mr. Nigro. We are pleased that he has now been held accountable for his crimes.?

Attorney General Mills also thanked Assistant Attorney General Lisa R. Bogue for her successful efforts in prosecuting this case. AAG Bogue is a Drug Task Force Attorney within the Criminal Division of the Attorney General?s Office.