Federal judge denies bail to man charged in crack cocaine ring

Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Bangor Police Department and the Bangor special response team execute search warrants in the area of 100 Ohio St. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, after a drug investigation.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Bangor Police Department and the Bangor special response team execute search warrants in the area of 100 Ohio St. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, after a drug investigation.
Posted Nov. 07, 2011, at 12:11 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 07, 2011, at 6:15 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A federal judge on Monday denied bail to a New York City man who was arrested last week in connection with a crack cocaine distribution ring operating in Bangor but granted personal recognizance bail to a local woman charged with the same offense.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk found probable cause to charge Jacob “Pinky” Garcia, 21, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base. In denying bail, Kravchuk found that Garcia had no ties to the state and no third-party custodian had come forward to take responsibility for his appearing in court and abiding by bail conditions.
Garcia was arrested Wednesday when Maine and federal drug agents and the Bangor Police Department’s special response team conducted a raid using tear gas at neighboring Ohio Street apartments.

Most of those arrested are facing drug charges in state court.

Four, including Garcia, have been charged in federal court in Bangor.

Pauline Rossignol, 52, of Brewer was arrested Wednesday and charged in federal court with the same charge Garcia is facing. She was released Wednesday afternoon after making her first court appearance.

The two others named in the complaint, Manuel “Fish” Trinidad-Acosta, 27, of New York City and Bangor and Pari Proffitt, 22, of Bangor, who is believed to be Trinidad-Acosta’s girlfriend, were arrested Friday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald Feith told Kravchuk on Monday. Both face the same charge as Garcia and Rossignol.

Proffitt made her first court appearance before Kravchuk on Monday afternoon. In granting Proffitt personal recognizance bail, the judge ordered that she have no contact with her co-defendants, not travel out of state without permission of the U.S. Department of Probation and Pre-trial Services’ Bangor office, refrain from using illegal drugs and submit to drug testing. Those were the same conditions the judge imposed last week on Rossignol.

Trinidad-Acosta was arrested Friday in New York City, the prosecutor said. A case file for the defendant was opened Monday in U.S. District Court in New York City but the documents were not accessible online late Monday. Information on whether he was held without bail or released was not available. Trinidad-Acosta’s case there is expected to be transferred to Maine before the end of the year.

A Garland Street apartment where officers on Thursday night seized a pound of crack cocaine worth about $50,000, a 9 mm handgun and three magazines of ammunition, was leased by Trinidad-Acosta, Feith said at Garcia’s probable cause hearing. No one was in the apartment at the time, according to previously published reports.

If convicted, all four face at least five years and up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $2 million.

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