BRUNSWICK, Maine — Two local residents have been charged with trafficking in crack cocaine after an investigation into a crack ring operating in the area.
The arrests follow a September raid on a Tufton Street home during which three New York City men — and two residents of the home — were charged with the same crimes.
The investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, working with the Brunswick and Bath police departments and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office, led to the late September arrests of Lena Pelkey, 43, and George “Danny” Elwell Jr., 24, Brunswick police Detective Rich Cutliffe said Tuesday.
Both were charged with unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs — Pelkey for crack cocaine and Elwell for crack cocaine and oxycodone.
On Sept. 12, the MDEA, working with the Brunswick and Bath police departments, raided the 28 Tufton St. home where Elwell, Raymond Bourgoin and Megan Lausier reportedly lived.
They found “roughly 18 rocks” of crack cocaine in individual packets, along with 77 30-milligram oxycodone pills, 16 suboxone pills, an SKS assault rifle, a 12-gauge tactical shotgun, ammunition for each, and about $5,800 in cash, MDEA supervisor Jim Pease said at the time.
“During a month-long investigation by the Brunswick Police Department, the MDEA and the Bath Police Department, we found out that individuals were coming up and finding houses to stay at for the sole purpose of selling crack and oxycodone,” Pease said in September. “We conducted several controlled purchases from different people within the group and then executed the search warrant.”
Brunswick police charged 28-year-old Levar Coard of New York, N.Y., with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs; Errol Holden, 31, of New York, N.Y., with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs; and 26-year-old Kristian Adams of Bronx, N.Y., with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.
Bourgoin, 44, and Lausier, 34, were both summoned and then released on a charge of possession of cocaine.
On Tuesday, Cutliffe said the flow of crack cocaine into the midcoast region from Massachusetts and New York is increasing.
“There’s been a little bit of crack going around, but it’s getting to be more and more,” he said, largely because dealers can “bring up a $20 rock and sell it for $70.”
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