3 Mass. men arrested on cocaine charges

Posted Jan. 14, 2011, at 8:48 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:31 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Three Massachusetts men were arrested earlier this week in Bangor on drug charges, and two of them remained Friday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to make bail.

Richard Raymond, 18, of Boston, Anthony Andrews, 29, of Mattapan, Mass., and Che-Lanjei “Young” Greene, 28, of Brockton, Mass., were arrested Tuesday on the corner of State Street and Broadway near a convenience store, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office and court documents filed by state drug agents.

All three are charged with aggravated trafficking of cocaine base within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class A crime. Both All Saints Catholic School on State Street and John Bapst Memorial High School on Broadway are near that intersection.

The men were arrested after agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, assisted by Bangor police, set up a controlled buy.

The trio made their first appearances Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Superior Court Justice William Anderson set the following bail for the defendants: $2,000 cash for Raymond; $5,000 cash or $25,000 surety for Andrews, and $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety for Greene.

Greene was released on bail Friday evening, according to a jail official.

Bail conditions include no contact with each other, no possession of alcohol or drugs, random testing for their ingestion and weekly in-person check-ins with the Bangor Police Department.

Greene’s higher bail was requested because of his criminal history. He served two years in Massachusetts for an armed robbery in Boston in 2004, according the District Attorney’s Office.

In addition to prison time, prosecutors are asking that the nearly $5,000 in cash taken from the men when they were arrested be forfeited to the state.

The defendants are scheduled to appear in court again on March 10. If they are indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury before then, they most likely would be arraigned on that date.

If convicted, each faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

BDN writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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