Eddington man 13th person charged in connection with Bangor crack cocaine ring

Posted May 07, 2012, at 12:47 p.m.
Last modified May 07, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — An Eddington man pleaded not guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to being part of a crack cocaine ring that operated out of neighboring apartment buildings on Ohio Street in Bangor.

Robert “Ranger” L. Jordan II, whose age is not in court documents, was indicted in January for conspiracy to possess 28 grams — an ounce — or more of cocaine base, also called crack cocaine, with the intent to distribute.

Jordan was arrested April 24 in Tampa, Fla. He was released from federal court there three days later on $20,000 unsecured bail.

The circumstances surrounding his arrest have not been made public.

On Monday, Jordan told U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk that he now is living with his parents in Eddington. The judge ordered that his bail remain the same.

Kravchuck tentatively set his trial date for July 3.

Jordan is one of 13 people charged in connection with a November raid that allegedly operated primarily out of apartments at 100 and 102 Ohio St, according to court documents. The distribution ring operated from September 2010 through October 2011. Investigators recovered 371 grams, nearly 13 ounces, of crack cocaine, according to court documents.

Defendants allegedly sold plastic bags of crack cocaine in bundles of 10 and 20. Each small bag contained 0.40 grams, or 0.014 ounces, of crack cocaine, according to court documents. A “10 pack” sold for $375.

Investigators also have surveillance photographs of defendants depositing a total of $141,610 in cash at an ATM on Exchange Street in Bangor, according to the affidavit.

Jordan is one of four people indicted separately in January by a federal grand jury in Bangor. Also indicted on the same charge were Christopher Mullins, 43, and Kizzy Fader, 33, both of Bangor. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Fader is scheduled to go on trial May 16 in federal court in Bangor.

Jennifer Holmes, 27, of Bangor was indicted on three counts of lying on an application to buy a firearm. She has pleaded guilty to buying the guns to trade for crack cocaine, according to court documents.

Holmes’ sentencing date has not been set. She faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

The following nine people were indicted together Nov. 17 by a federal grand jury in Bangor on the drug conspiracy charge:

Jowenky “Bullet” Nunez , 29, of New York City.

• Luis “Animal” Gonzalez, 27, of Reading, Pa.

• Dawlin “Boss Man” Cabrera, also known as Rolando Andujar, 29, of New York City.

Manuel “Fish” Trinidad-Acosta, 27, of New York City.

• Abraham Lluberas, 21, of New York City.

• Ed Cogswell, 46, of Bangor.

• Pauline Rossignol, 52, of Brewer.

• Jacob “Pinky” Garcia, 21, of New York City.

• Kelvin Mally, 18, of New York City.

All but Mally have been arrested and pleaded not guilty.

If convicted on the drug conspiracy charges, each defendant faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million.

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