June 19, 2018
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Police: Search turns up large quantities of drugs on New York man

Somerset County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Somerset County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Donald Banks
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A New York man was arrested Tuesday night after police found numerous oxycodone pills and bags of crack cocaine in his possession during the execution of a search warrant, Lt. Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Donald Banks, 25, is facing two counts of trafficking in a schedule W drug, possession of a schedule W drug, both Class B offenses; and a Class C charge of possession of a schedule W drug, Gottardi said.

About 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant on East Front Street in Skowhegan, Gottardi said. Police confronted Banks as he got out of a taxicab.

During the search, 90 oxycodone pills and 20 individual bags of crack cocaine were found on Banks’ person, and he was arrested, according to Gottardi.

During the investigation, authorities determined that drugs were being brought to Maine from New York and distributed throughout the Skowhegan and Waterville areas. The Skowhegan and Waterville police departments assisted in the investigation, Gottardi said, and more charges could be brought against Banks, pending a review by the district attorney’s office.

Banks faces up to 10 years in prison on the Class B charges, and five years on the Class C count.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the sheriff’s office executed a search warrant on an East Front Street residence where Banks had been staying.

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