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    Maine man pleads guilty in Massachusetts methamphetamine trafficking ring

    By Ashley Shook,


    BOSTON (WWLP) – A man from Maine pleaded guilty in connection with a large-scale methamphetamine trafficking ring operating between California and New England.

    In October 2020, investigators identified Reshat Alkayisi as a large-scale methamphetamine trafficker in the Boston area, who distributed multi-pound quantities to customers throughout the New England area. Emil Dzabiev of Scarborough, Maine was identified as one of Alkayisi’s regular customers.

    In May 2021, Dzabiev was stopped by police after a meeting with Alkayisi and was found in possession of approximately 455 grams of 100% pure methamphetamine in his vehicle. Dzabiev was charged along with seven others in July 2021 and was subsequently charged in a superseding indictment that added three defendants in September 2021.

    Eight individuals charged in nationwide methamphetamine trafficking ring

    During the investigation, over 160 pounds of pure methamphetamine, as well as an AK-47, a Glock with no serial number, two loaded Smith & Wesson handguns and over 4,200 rounds of ammunition were seized. An illegal marijuana grow operation with hundreds of marijuana plants was also dismantled.

    On Tuesday, Dzabiev pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and faces up to life in prison, at least three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million. He is scheduled to be sentenced on October 2nd.

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