BANGOR, Maine — A federal jury on Friday found a Bangor woman guilty of being part of a crack cocaine distribution ring that operated out of an Ohio Street apartment.
Kizzy Fader, 33, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute with the intent to possess 28 grams or more of cocaine base after a trial that began Wednesday.
Fader originally was charged in state court in November, according to a previously published report. She was indicted by a federal grand jury in January.
The jury of six men and six women deliberated for two hours before announcing their verdict at 1:30 p.m. Friday in U.S. District Court.
A sentencing date has not been set. Fader, whose bail was revoked on May 1 after she failed drug tests, will be continue to be detained.
In his closing argument, Fader’s attorney, Ronald Bourget of Augusta, told jurors that his client was an informant for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and helped set up a November raid on the apartment that netted more than a dozen arrests.
Bourget told the jury that when agents did not find the amount of drugs they expected at the Ohio Street apartment, they threw Fader “under the bus.”
Federal prosecutor Donald Feith told the jury that Fader joined the conspiracy after the Ohio Street raid but was buying and selling drugs while working as a confidential informant.
“Being a drug informant did not give her a get-out-of-jail-free card,” he said in his closing argument.
Fader is one of more than a dozen people arrested Nov. 3 after agents with the MDEA and Bangor police raided adjoining apartments at 100 and 102 Ohio St. in Bangor. The investigation, which has been linked to a Dominican drug-trafficking operation based in New York City, has led to the indictment of 13 people by a federal grand jury, including Fader, according to court documents.
Two people the federal prosecutor described as members of the conspiracy testified against Fader, Feith said after the jury had been dismissed. Dawlin Cabrera, whose aliases included “Rolando Andujar” and “Boss Man,” explained how the conspiracy worked, the amount of money he and others deposited, and how the drug was distributed, the federal prosecutor said.
Cabrera, 29, who was at his residence in New York City when the apartment was raided by police, testified that between September 2010 and Nov. 3, 2011, he would bring crack cocaine from New York City to Bangor. One of the people who purchased the drug from him was Fader, he told jurors.
His testimony and court documents filed in the case described how the drug was distributed, Feith said after the verdict was announced.
“The conspirators were selling the crack in ‘10 packs’ and ‘20 packs,’” U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk wrote in a motion denying bail to Luis Gonzales, 27, of Reading, Pa., one of Cabrera’s co-defendants, who is facing a drug conspiracy charge. “A ‘10 pack’ contained 10 baggies of crack cocaine. Similarly, a ‘20 pack’ contained 20 baggies of cocaine. Each baggie contained .40 grams of crack cocaine.
“A ‘10 pack’ sold for approximately $375,” the judge wrote. “According to one individual, the conspirators sold him $5,000 worth of cocaine per week for a period of time during the life of the conspiracy.”
Cabrera’s bank records showed that his profit from the conspiracy was $200,000, according to Feith.
A few days after the Nov. 3 raid, Cabrera went back into the apartment to check his hiding places to see if the police had missed any drugs or cash, Feith said. He expected to find drugs and money but instead found just drugs.
Pari Profitt, 22, of Bangor, who has not yet been charged in connection with the case, testified that the drugs wound up in Fader’s oven door, Feith told jurors in his closing. The cash was not recovered, the prosecutor said.
A date for Cabrera to change his plea from not guilty to guilty has not been set. In addition to a drug conspiracy charge, he has been indicted for possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
Under his plea agreement with the U.S. attorney’s office, Cabrera must forfeit all profits from his drug-dealing activities.
While the plea agreement does not include the sentence the prosecution would recommend, Cabrera waived his right to appeal his case to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unless his sentence is longer than five years.
Other New York City residents charged in federal court with drug conspiracy in the case include: Jowenky “Bullet” Nunez, 29, Manuel “Fish” Trinidad-Acosta, 27, Jacob “Pinky” Garcia, 22, Abraham Lluberas, 21, and Kevin Mally, 18.
Maine residents facing federal drug conspiracy charges in the case are: Pauline Rossignol, 52, of Brewer; Ed Cogswell, 46, of Bangor; Jennifer Holmes, 27, of Bangor; Christopher Mullins, 43, of Bangor; and Robert “Ranger” L. Jordan II, age unknown, of Eddington.
All but Mally have been arrested. Cabrera, Trinidad-Acosta and Garcia are being held without bail. Nunez was remanded to New York City to face charges in that state. The other defendants remain free on bail.
All have been charged with conspiracy to distribute with the intent to possess 28 grams or more of cocaine base, the same charge of which Fader was convicted. If convicted, all face a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $2 million. Defendants also could be ordered to forfeit drug profits to the government.
As of Friday, trials for other defendants had not been set.
Information about the number of people facing charges in state court was not available Friday.