Calif. drug suspect indicted by grand jury

Posted Jan. 12, 2010, at 8:05 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A 31-year-old California man who was arrested in the parking lot of a Presque Isle bar in October has been indicted by the Aroostook County grand jury on a felony charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

The drug involved was methamphetamine.

Chhiva Chit of San Diego was arrested after an extensive investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Agents were looking into the increased availability of commercial-grade crystal methamphetamine in the central Aroostook County area.

During the investigation, MDEA agents identified two local retail distributors and began collecting evidence on them. The agents learned that a suspect from out of state was supplying the two and delved deeper into the situation.

The names of the two alleged local dealers have not been released.

In October, agents witnessed an alleged methamphetamine transaction between Chit and one of the local dealers. The agents immediately made arrests and seized a small amount of methamphetamine and the money used to buy it.

They then searched a residence where Chit had been staying, seizing more than 1 ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

The MDEA reported that during the investigation, agents seized crystal methamphetamine with a combined local retail value of more than $6,000.

Chit reportedly attempted to conceal his identity, but agents used state and federal databases and fingerprint analysis to determine that Chit was a fugitive from justice. The MDEA said Chit is wanted in California on arrest warrants charging him with violation of parole and robbery.

Chit was on parole for an attempted murder conviction when he allegedly committed the new robbery offense in California, according to the MDEA statement. He is believed to have been on the run since March.

Agents also gathered evidence they said links Chit to an organized street gang in California.

California authorities are seeking Chit’s extradition after he answers the Maine charges.

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