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Criminal Mischief (01/31/2018)

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Crack arrests in Cherryfield

CHERRYFIELD - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says five people were arrested on Jan. 26 in Cherryfield for selling crack cocaine and creating a police standoff.  Three of those arrested are from the Bronx, New York. 

The arrests came after drug agents obtained a search warrant for the home at 177 Tenan Lane.  At the request of MDEA, the State Police Tactical Team also responded to the home and assisted with the arrests. 

The search warrant was part of a month-long investigation into the distribution of crack throughout Washington County by the group, who would travel to Maine with large amounts of the drug. They would then use a local crack customer’s home to sell the drugs and the locals would seek new customers and introduce them to the New York distributors in exchange for money and drugs.

After a nearly two-hour standoff with police, the five arrested just before dawn are:

Evelyn Westcott, 21; Jante Randolph, 27; Jamal Santiago, 18 – all from  Bronx, NY; and Juan Huertes-Borges, 36, of Cherryfield. These four were all charged with Class B Unlawful Trafficking of Schedule W Drugs (Crack Cocaine) and Class E Creating a Police Standoff.

In addition, Fred Rini, 50, of Harrington was charged with Class C Unlawful Trafficking of Schedule W Drugs (Crack Cocaine).

The home was occupied by Huertes-Borge. Evidence of drug use and drug packaging was found, along with $8,200 in suspected drug proceeds.

Bail was set at $25,000 cash for Westcott, Randolph and Santiago and $10,000 cash each for Huertas-Borges and Rini.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are likely.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherryfield Fire Department also assisted investigators during the night.

Suspect arrested in Bangor murder

BANGOR – A suspect in the murder of a Bangor man earlier this month has been arrested and charged with the crime.

On Jan. 10, Bangor Police Officers were dispatched to an apartment at 40 Second Street to investigate a suspicious death.  The deceased individual was later identified as 51-year-old Israel Lewis of Bangor.  

The following day, the Chief Medical Examiner completed an autopsy on Lewis and concluded that cause of death was a gunshot wound.  The manner of death was determined to be homicide. 

A team of Investigators and Crime Scene Technicians from the Criminal Investigation Division have been assigned to this matter since the discovery of the crime.

On Jan. 27, 29-year-old F Daly, originally of Boston, Massachusetts and most recently living in Bangor, was arrested by members of the Criminal Investigations Division and Bangor Police Department Special Response Team. Daly has been charged with the murder of Israel Lewis and is currently being held at the Penobscot County Jail.

This matter remains under investigation by the Bangor Police Department and the Office of the Attorney General. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at (207) 947-7384.  To remain anonymous please dial – (207) 947-7384 ext. 6. 

(For clarification, Daly’s legal name is in fact (the letter) F, although he is sometimes referred by the nickname “Frank.”)

Corinth arson arrest 

CORINTH - The State Fire Marshal’s Office has charged a Corinth man with arson and attempted murder after his house was destroyed by fire on the morning of Jan. 24.

According to a press release, 65-year-old Fred Roberts was arrested on the afternoon of the fire and taken to the Penobscot County Jail. Fire investigators say he poured gasoline inside his house and lit the fire, while his longtime female companion was upstairs. 

The companion – 70-year-old Barbara King - told investigators that she had just awoke and saw the flash of the fire, but was unable to get down the stairs because of the flames. She escaped the burning house by jumping out a second story window. King suffered serious injuries in the fall and is being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor .  

The house at 788 Hudson Road was flattened in the blaze. 

The fire was reported at 6 a.m. and Roberts was located nearby walking along the road as firefighters were arriving at the fire. Fire marshal investigators were also on the scene.

Belmont heroin bust

 

BELMONT – The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announces the arrests of a father and son from Belmont for Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin.

 

The two men arrested were 57-year-old Gregory Grass and 33-year-old Nathan Grass, both of Belmont. Both men were charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Heroin).

 

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, the two men were arrested after being found in possession of 40 grams of suspected heroin. The two were arrested by agents after they arrived at the Maritime Farms Store located at 380 Augusta Road in Belmont in possession of the heroin. The two had been under investigation for the past two months by agents from the MDEA Mid-Coast District Task Force for distributing heroin throughout Waldo County.

 

After the arrests, agents executed a search warrant at Gregory Grass’s residence at 240 Back Belmont Road in Belmont where he lives with his son. Agents seized additional evidence of heroin trafficking to include heroin, scales, drug ledgers and packaging materials.

 

The two were transported to the Belfast Police Department where they were later released on $5000, unsecured bail. Both are scheduled to appear in court in March.

 

Belfast Police and Waldo County S.O. assisted in the investigation and arrests.

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