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Criminal Mischief (09/06/2017)

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Big bust in Bangor

BANGOR – For the second time in recent years, investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and members of the Bangor Police Department executed a search warrant on an Ohio Street apartment building following an investigation into the sale of heroin and crack cocaine from this building. The apartment building in question, is located directly across the street from a city park designated as a Drug Free Safe Zone.

This investigation, which included the undercover purchase of both heroin and crack cocaine, led to the execution of a search warrant on Aug. 31 at 100 Ohio Street, Apt. B. The apartment was occupied at the time by Peter Spann and his wife Diane Spann.

Following a search of the apartment, agents seized approximately nine grams of heroin, $3500 in cash, and other evidence of drug trafficking. The suspected street value of the drugs seized was approximately $2500.

The 54-year-old Spann was arrested and charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Heroin and Crack Cocaine). The charges were aggravated due to the fact that the drug trafficking activity was occurring within 1000 feet of a Drug Free Safe Zone and the fact that Spann has three prior drug trafficking convictions.

Spann’s wife Dianne, also 54, was charged with Class C Possession of Schedule W Drugs (heroin). Both Spanns were transported to the Penobscot County Jail; bail for Peter Spann was set at $25,000 cash and at $2,000 cash for Diane Spann.

The building at 100 Ohio Street - still under the same ownership - is the same location that agents raided in 2011 following an investigation into the sale of crack cocaine from this very same unit, Apt. B. As a result of that investigation, numerous individuals were charged and convicted in federal court on drug conspiracy charges and a significant New York-based drug trafficking organization was disrupted. Evidence presented in the 2011 case revealed that this group distributed approximately 10 pounds of crack cocaine from the address.

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in this state, you are urged to contact the MDEA office closest to you or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

MDEA arrests Bronx man on heroin charges

BANGOR -As the result of a several-month investigation conducted by MDEA’s Downeast Office in Ellsworth, a man from the Bronx, New York has been arrested following an investigation into the sale of heroin in Hancock and Penobscot Counties.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jeremy Cruz was arrested on Aug. 30 on Main Street in Bangor. He has been charged with Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking is Schedule W Drugs (Heroin). This charge was aggravated due to the fact one of the sales occurred within 1000 feet of a Drug Free Safe Zone.

The investigation, which included the undercover purchase of heroin from Cruz, is part of a continued effort focused on the growing presence of out-of-state drug traffickers selling heroin in Hancock County and other areas of the State of Maine.

Following his arrest, Cruz was transported to the Penobscot County Jail where bail was set at $30,000 cash.

Assisting MDEA in this investigation was the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Bangor Police Department. This investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in this state, you are urged to contact the MDEA office closest to you or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

Former MDEA agent receives posthumous honor

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A former Maine Drug Enforcement Agent who died last year has been honored by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. 

Special Agent Chris Gardner was posthumously honored for his work on a major federal firearms and drug investigation that involved Connecticut and Maine. The three-year investigation was dubbed “Operation Blood Red” and began in 2013. The award ceremonies took place in Washington D.C.

Each year, one case is selected from all cases investigated by ATF across the country to receive the Director's Award. In the ceremony attended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting Director Thomas Brandon noted that “Operation Blood Red” involved the arrest and prosecution of members and associates of a very violent New Haven, Connecticut street gang known as the Red Side Guerilla Brims. The gang had been involved in murder, firearms trafficking and drug trafficking in New Haven and Bangor. The operation netted more than 30 arrests between Maine and Connecticut, including seven for homicide.

The crimes by the gang revolved around the sale of heroin and crack cocaine, along with the illegal acquisition of firearms, both through purchases made from a Bangor area gun dealer and others which were traded for drugs. The firearms were then transported out of state and used by gang members in crimes in New Haven and elsewhere. All of the indictments resulted in convictions. 

Also honored with Gardner from in this investigation: an Assistant U.S. Attorney from the District of Maine (Bangor), several ATF agents, members of the New Haven Police Department’s Violent Crimes Task Force, and three Assistant U.S. Attorneys from Connecticut.   

Special Agent Gardner died suddenly last November as a result of complications from surgery to repair an injury he suffered on duty. Gardner was a 27-year veteran Detective Sergeant with the University of Maine Police Dept. in Orono and had been assigned to MDEA for 10 years prior to his death. He was 47. 


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