Belfast men charged in cocaine ring arrested

Posted Nov. 02, 2010, at 6:35 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two of four men indicted in September by a federal grand jury on drug charges made first appearances Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Phillip Kelley, 34, and Shawn Perito, 33, both of Belfast pleaded not guilty to conspiracy with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams — more than a pound — of cocaine between Jan. 1, 2005, and March 20, 2009.

Kelley was released on personal recognizance bail. A trial tentatively was set for Jan. 4.

Federal prosecutors have requested Perito be held without bail. His detention hearing is scheduled to be held Thursday.

Brothers Christopher Hurley, 29, and Matthew Hurley, 26, both of Belfast and Los Angeles also have been arrested, according to court documents. Christopher Hurley was arrested in New York City and Matthew Hurley was arrested in Los Angeles.

Their appearances in federal court in Maine have not been set.

Details about the arrests of the four men were not available Tuesday.

Although the men were indicted in September, the federal indictment was not unsealed until all four had been arrested.

If convicted, all four face a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison.

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