Three Buxton men sentenced on stolen firearms charges

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Raymond T. Pinkham, 22, of Buxton, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Portland to 52 months in prison following convictions for two counts of possession of stolen firearms and conspiracy to possess stolen firearms.

U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II also announced in a press release that two of Raymond Pinkham’s co-conspirators, Dale M. Pinkham Jr., 26, and Robert C. Bean-Pinkham, 21, both of Buxton, previously pleaded guilty and were sentenced by the court. On April 19, Robert Bean-Pinkham was sentenced to 40 months in prison based on convictions for possession of stolen firearms and conspiracy to possess stolen firearms. On April 20, said Delahanty, Dale Pinkham Jr. was sentenced to 64 months in prison based on convictions for conspiracy to distribute heroin, possession of firearms by a prohibited person and conspiracy to possess stolen firearms.

According to court records, from around November 2012 until November 2014, Dale Pinkham Jr. conspired with others to distribute heroin. On Dec. 6, 2013, a search warrant executed at the Pinkhams’ residence in Buxton resulted in the seizure of about 20 grams of heroin and firearms in Dale Pinkham Jr.’s bedroom. He was then prohibited from possessing guns due to his illegal drug use. Agents also recovered a stolen firearm from a vehicle operated by Raymond Pinkham that day.

Between about August and November 2014, said Delahanty, the three Pinkhams also conspired to possess and possessed stolen firearms. The co-conspirators paid for the stolen firearms using U.S. currency, heroin or both. On Oct. 11, 2014, a search warrant executed at the Pinkhams’ Buxton residence resulted in the seizure of seven stolen firearms from Robert Pinkham’s bedroom. Law enforcement subsequently recovered 11 additional stolen firearms possessed by the co-conspirators, said Delahanty.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Maine State Police, with assistance from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the York and Cumberland County sheriff’s offices, the Buxton Police Department and the Office of the Maine Attorney General.

Authorities displayed guns and cash seized in a December 2013 Buxton raid at the Pinkhams’ residence in Buxton.