2 arrests in 4 hours for 1 man

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 19, 2009, at 9:36 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Holden man kept police busy last week when he was arrested twice in four hours for possession of cocaine and for possessing a stolen gun.

Bangor police first made contact with Lance Bradford, 22, about 11:30 p.m. Feb. 12 when he was stopped for speeding down Broadway, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Thursday.

“He lied about his name so was charged with failure to give his correct name,” he said. “His license was under suspension, and he was charged with operating after suspension.”

Police said they found a usable amount of cocaine in Bradford’s vehicle and charged him with drug possession.

“On the 13th, four hours later, he’s out on bail” for the earlier charges and was caught in a motel room with a stolen handgun, Edwards said.

He said the gun was reported stolen in Gray during a home burglary.

For having the stolen gun, Bradford was charged with receiving stolen property.

He also was charged with “possession of a firearm by a felon, and for violating his conditions of release,” Edwards said.

The stolen property charge is a Class B felony and the possession of a firearm by a felon is a Class B. If convicted of the Class B crime, Bradford could face a penalty of up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. For a Class C conviction, he could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

His record has a number of arrests for burglaries and warrants, Edwards said.

Bradford, then of Veazie, and his older brother Lucas Bradford, age 20 at the time, went on a burglary spree the weekend of Nov. 29-30, 2003, to pay off an out-of-state cocaine dealer, a prosecutor said during the court case.

After stealing a van and burglarizing businesses in Hermon and Bucksport, the brothers stopped at Van Raymond Outfitters on South Main Street in Brewer. They smashed the front glass door of the business, entered the store, smashed the gun case and stole six handguns, according to court documents.

The two brothers were arrested July 30, 2004, shortly after burglarizing a home in Veazie.

Both later pleaded guilty to the charges against them for the 2003 and 2004 burglaries, and Lance Bradford was sentenced to a three-month stay in Penobscot County Jail, and probation. His brother was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $3,600 in restitution.

Lance Bradford was back in Penobscot County Jail on \Thursday night, a jail official said.

BDN writer Judy Harrison contributed to this report.

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