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Man From New York Sentenced to 2 Years for Drugs, Weapons Crimes

A man from Harlem, New York has been sentenced to 24 years in prison on drug trafficking conspiracy and firearms charges. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Perry says Malcolm Cowart came to Maine in late 2011 or early 2012 and, with a group of other individuals, distributed significant quantities of heroin and crack cocaine in the Portland area. Perry says the drugs were brought from the New York by so-called managers who stayed with Portland residents who were paid drugs and money for allowing the conspirators to use their apartments to distribute drugs.

He says the long sentence is related to the harm inflicted.

“Mr. Cowart’s conspiracy started approximately the time period where the drug market in Maine was changing from oxycodones to heroin and that Mr. Cowart’s introduction of large amounts of heroin clearly contributed to where we are today in the opioid epidemic,” Perry says.

Cowart pled guilty to the charges in January.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.