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Criminal Mischief (07/12/2017)

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Crack cocaine arrest in Bangor

BANGOR - Two Brooklyn, New York men were arrested in Bangor on the night of July 6 following an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine from a local motel room. 

The investigation, conducted by MDEA’s North Central Office in Bangor, highlights the continued threat associated with out of state traffickers relocating to cities and towns throughout the State of Maine for the sole purpose of selling illicit drugs.

As part of this investigation, MDEA agents received information indicating that individual(s) were engaged in the distribution of illicit drugs from an Odlin Road motel room. This investigation led to the execution of a search warrant on the motel room from which agents suspected crack cocaine was being sold.

Seized during the search warrant was approximately 20 grams of crack cocaine, with a street value of $2000, and nearly $20,000 in suspected cash proceeds from the sale of the drugs out of the motel room. Other evidence of drug trafficking was also seized. Agents believe that the pair had rented the room just two days prior.

Charged, thus far, as part of this investigation were: 28-year-old Jelani Witt and 22-year-old Rodney Tyler, both of Brooklyn, New York. Both men were charged with Class B Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Crack Cocaine); bail was set at $100,000 cash apiece. In addition, Tyler was also wanted on an outstanding 2017 NYPD warrant charging violation of a court order.

Both Tyler and Witt were transported to the Penobscot County Jail following their arrests. MDEA was assisted during this investigation by the Bangor Police Department. This investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely.

MDEA would like to remind the public and hotel operators that local hotels/motels are often used by out of state drug traffickers as a place to conduct their illegal business. Frequently the rooms are rented on behalf of the traffickers by local individuals and not the traffickers themselves.

If you see suspicious activity in and around area hotels/motels that you feel could be related to drug trafficking, please contact the MDEA field office nearest you or call the MDEA Drug Tip Hotline at 800-452-6457.

Santa Claus is not coming to town

BANGOR – A high-speed chase came to an abrupt end in Bangor on July 4 – and the driver was not the jolly old elf he initially claimed to be.

Sgt. Matt Casavant was patrolling Interstate 95 in Clinton when he attempted to stop a Silver 1997 Jeep from New Hampshire for a traffic violation.

The Jeep stopped briefly and Sgt. Casavant had an interaction with the driver - later identified as Christos Kassaras, 54, of Goffstown, New Hampshire. He then fled from the scene.

Sgt. Casavant pursued the Jeep and it was determined the vehicle was stolen out of New Hampshire.

Speeds reached 112 miles per hour before spike strips were deployed in Newburgh. The Jeep continued north on Interstate 95 in Bangor driving on the rims. The Jeep exited at Broadway where a Precision Immobilization Technique (PIT) was utilized ending the chase.

The driver was non-compliant; according to reports, he initially claimed that his name was Santa Claus. The driver was taken into custody and eventually identified.

Kassaras was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he was cleared and transported to the Penobscot County Jail. The chase spanned approximately 47 miles. Kassaras was charged with Eluding an Officer, Criminal Speed, Driving to Endanger, Unauthorized Use of Property, Refusing to Submit to Arrest, and Passing a Roadblock.

Wardens seek info on boat hit-and-run

LYMAN (AP) — Authorities are searching for a boat involved in a reported hit-and-run collision with another boat on a pond in southern Maine.

The Maine Warden Service says it received a call shortly before midnight Saturday about the crash on Wasleigh Pond in Lyman, which resulted in multiple people in the water.

WMTW-TV reported that the passengers of one boat made it back to shore and were treated for minor injuries. The boat later sank.

Officials say the other boat took off before first responders arrived.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the Maine Warden Service at 207-657-3030.

K9 finds knife

WATERBORO – A Maine State Police K9 came through in locating a weapon used in a backstabbing assault during a massive brawl in Waterboro.

On July 7, Trooper Adam Schmidt and K9 Ibo responded to Waterboro to assist the York County Sheriff’s Office with a 20-plus person fight.

During the fight prior to the team’s arrival, one subject grabbed a metal pipe and hit multiple individuals; that same individual then pulled a knife and stabbed one subject repeatedly in the back. That suspect was taken into custody by deputies.

K9 Ibo was deployed for an article search as officials could not locate the knife that the suspect had ditched.

K9 Ibo began to crawl under an SUV that was parked in an overgrown field and laid down intently staring further under the SUV and then looking back at his partner. In between K9 Ibo’s front paws under the SUV was the folding knife that was used in the commission of the crime.

The suspect has been charged with one count of Elevated Aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated assault. He is being held on $5000 bail.


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