A 55-year-old Hampden Maine woman was sentenced to 1½ years in prison for maintaining a drug-involved premises on the Maine Road.

Sherri Chen also received three years of supervised release in U.S District Court, said United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank.

According to court records:

Between January 2016 and February 2017, Chen allowed her residence on the Main Road in Hampden to be used to distribute and use heroin and crack. Chen received drugs for allowing her residence to be used in this manner.

U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock described Chen’s decision to provide drug dealers a “safe haven” as “deplorable.”

The MDEA & U.S. DEA investigated the case as part of the Department of Justice’s Strategy to Combat the Opioid Epidemic.

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