BANGOR, Maine — Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency have been watching a house on Coombs Street where they arrested a man four months ago for dealing cocaine, and their efforts paid off last week when they arrested four others.
“It’s the same place,” Garry Higgins, MDEA supervisory special agent for the Bangor-based North Central Regional Task Force, said Saturday. The apartment at 39 Coombs St. is “within 1,000 feet of a school.”
MDEA agents and Bangor police on Thursday night raided the home and found Jackie Madore, 39, who is a resident of the apartment, and Maurice Robinson, 23, Tyshawn Wells, 19, and Troy Baines, 24, all of New Haven, Conn. All four were arrested and charged with felony cocaine dealing, a Class A crime.
Agents and officers seized approximately 12 grams of crack cocaine valued at $1,200, as well as $1,300 in cash that is alleged to be from the sale of cocaine, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall said in a press release. The cocaine was individually wrapped for sale in $50 bags.
In June, Adam Shawley was arrested at the same apartment, which is near Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, on charges of selling cocaine from the apartment. Shawley was indicted in September on two counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.
Undercover agents purchased crack cocaine from Madore on more than one occasion over the last month or so and through the drug deals met suspects from out of state who were selling drugs from the residence, Higgins said.
“We heard they made a drug run [to Connecticut] and there was crack cocaine at the residence,” he said.
Selling drugs within 1,000 feet of any school automatically elevates the charges, Crandall said.
“In Maine, if you sell drugs inside the so-called ‘safety zone’ surrounding a school, the classification of the crime is increased by one level,” he said.
After their arrests Thursday, all four at the apartment were taken to Penobscot County Jail. Madore has been released on bail, but Robinson, Wells and Baines remained behind bars Sunday.
Class A crimes carry a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Anyone with information about drug crimes in Maine can call the MDEA toll free at 800-452-6457 or visit the MDEA Web site at www.maine.gov/dps/mdea/drugtip.html.