Drug dealer gets 5 years for selling fentanyl

PORTLAND, MAINE – A Parsonsfield man was sentenced today in federal court for distributing fentanyl and possessing it with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced.

U.S. District Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. sentenced Kenneth Billings, 54, to 60 months imprisonment and four years of supervised release. Billings pleaded guilty on October 17, 2019.

According to court records, a confidential informant purchased fentanyl from Billings in Sebago on two occasions in January 2019. MDEA agents obtained a state arrest warrant for Billings and arrested him in February 2019, outside a Scarborough hotel where he had been staying. Agents searched him and recovered multiple packages containing over 40 grams of fentanyl, which he intended to distribute.

The FBI and the MDEA investigated the case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case as part of the Department of Justice’s Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge, a program designed to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids.