Lewiston man facing felony drug trafficking charge

Posted May 23, 2012, at 5:04 p.m.
James Anderson
Somerset County Sheriff's Office
James Anderson

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Lewiston man was arrested early Wednesday afternoon after police found crack cocaine in his possession, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department said.

James Anderson, 21, is charged with Class B felony drug trafficking, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine, or both, Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi said Wednesday afternoon.

The sheriff’s department obtained a search warrant as the result of an investigation it said revealed that Anderson had been selling crack cocaine to people in the Skowhegan-Norridgewock area over the past few months.

According to Gottardi, the arrest took place about 2 p.m., after police apprehended Anderson while he was walking on a street in Skowhegan.

As a result of the search, members of the sheriff’s department’s warrant team confiscated an undisclosed number of prepackaged bags of crack cocaine, a small amount of cash and a cellphone.

Anderson initially tried to run away from deputies but they caught up with him immediately, Gottardi said.

After his arrest, Anderson was taken to the Somerset County Jail in Madison, where he is being held on $1,000 cash bail, a jail official confirmed. A video arraignment is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

Further charges may be forthcoming once the case is reviewed by the Somerset County district attorney’s office.

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