Second man arrested in Waldoboro for allegedly trading guns for drugs

Posted March 14, 2012, at 10:03 p.m.

WALDOBORO, Maine — A second suspect has been apprehended in a case police said involved trading guns from the midcoast area for drugs in Massachusetts.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Harley Winchenbach, 19, of Cushing and Waldoboro, for conspiracy to violate drug laws and conspiracy to violate firearms laws, according to MDEA supervisor James Pease.

Winchenbach was found hiding in a home in Waldoboro, Pease said. He was arrested and taken to Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset.

Winchenbach also was charged with violation of probation, Pease said. Winchenbach was on probation after his arrest last year for trafficking heroin.

Earlier this month, Charles Dodge, 32, of Rockland, was charged with gun and drug conspiracy charges.

The investigation began when officers raided a room at the Hampton Inn in Thomaston last April, which led to the arrest of two New Bedford, Mass., men on drug trafficking charges.

Upon further investigation, the New Bedford Police Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allegedly began seizing from gang members in New Bedford guns that had come from Knox County.

Ten to 15 handguns and one submachine gun from midcoast Maine were recovered from gangs in New Bedford, Pease said. He said he does not believe any of the weapons were used in a violent crime.

Many of the guns had been stolen in burglaries in Knox County and the Waldoboro area, Pease said. Some of the guns were owned by the suspects, who were prohibited from having them because of prior felony convictions.

The two men arrested at the Thomaston hotel — Manny Sylvia, 28, and Angel Acevedo, 20, both of New Bedford — were sentenced last fall to 10 years in prison with all but four years suspended for trafficking in drugs.

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