Aiexpress – A man from Massachusetts, who was being sought for homicide and other violent crimes in southern New England, admitted guilt on Friday to aggravated drug trafficking in Ellsworth.
Ramon Smith, after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors, has been handed a five-year prison sentence for his involvement in the distribution of fentanyl and cocaine.
In October 2021, Smith, 35, was apprehended at an Ellsworth motel, where he had been hiding. At the time of his arrest, Smith was facing a homicide arrest warrant in Connecticut and a strangulation arrest warrant in Massachusetts. Following a tip about Smith’s whereabouts, law enforcement officers, in collaboration with the U.S. Marshals Service, swiftly responded and took him into custody at a room in the nearby Ramada Inn.
During a hearing in an Ellsworth courtroom, Assistant Attorney General Jacob Horn informed Judge Terence Harrigan that Smith was discovered in possession of 116 grams of powdered cocaine, 76 grams of crack cocaine, 67 grams of fentanyl, and nearly $5,000 in cash. Additionally, the police found a loaded .38 caliber High Point pistol in a backpack in the motel room.
According to Horn, the drugs seized from Smith were valued at approximately $23,000.
According to the prosecutor, although the sentence for the Maine drug offenses may appear lenient, Smith will eventually be transferred to Connecticut and Massachusetts to face even more severe charges in those states.
Smith has been in custody at the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth since his arrest. He will receive credit for the time he has already served, which amounts to over two years, towards his five-year sentence.
Horn expressed to the judge that the sentence is incredibly generous, highlighting the fact that Connecticut intends to charge him with murder.
In 2007, Smith was charged with the shooting and killing of an individual he had known from prison in Hartford, Connecticut, as reported by the MetroWest Daily News in 2021.
In addition, he had outstanding warrants for his involvement in two separate incidents that took place in Massachusetts in 2021. One incident involved charges of strangulation, assault and battery, as well as vandalism. The other incident involved a car chase with the police, which caused injuries to four individuals in another vehicle.