Hancock man sentenced to federal prison on drug charge

BANGOR — A Hancock man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 4.5 years in federal prison for possessing with the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a substance containing fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge Lance E. Walker also sentenced William Smeal, 34, to four years of supervised release. Smeal pleaded guilty on Jan. 21, 2020.

According to court records, on Feb. 13, 2019, law enforcement officers encountered Smeal in Ellsworth. A bag containing over 100 grams of a substance containing fentanyl was seized from his car. Smeal admitted to purchasing drugs in Massachusetts that day. A search of Smeal’s home and an additional search of his car resulted in the seizure of more than 100 additional grams of a substance containing fentanyl. 

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI investigated the case. 

The prosecution is a result of the ongoing efforts by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Program, a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The OCDETF’s mission is to identify, investigate and prosecute high-level members of drug trafficking enterprises, bringing together the combined expertise and unique abilities of federal, state and local law enforcement.