WATERVILLE, Maine — A pair of men with a history of drug offenses in Massachusetts were arrested early Thursday along with a woman after police raided a local apartment.
Vincent Weaks, 29, of Dorchester, Mass., Hasani Francis, 22, of Waterville and Martha Marble, 29, of Waterville are all facing drug trafficking charges after 13 grams of cocaine and cash were found during a raid Thursday morning, according to Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.
“This was an investigation that took place over the last several months,” Rumsey said.
A community member had tipped off police that the trio had been trafficking drugs at the apartment, Rumsey said, and Detective Lincoln Ryder subsequently launched an investigation.
After Ryder collected enough evidence, a search warrant was obtained and officials from the Waterville and Oakland police departments along with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency raided the apartment just after 6 a.m. Thursday.
All three suspects were taken into custody without incident, Rumsey said, and two young children of Marble’s, ages 2 and 7, were released into the custody of an aunt who came to pick them up.
Police found 13 grams of crack cocaine in the apartment, along with scales, packaging material and $4,000 in cash, according to Rumsey.
All three suspects were charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, a Class A felony, while Marble also faces a Class D misdemeanor of possession of a scheduled drug, as she was in possession of a methadone pill when taken into custody.
Francis is citizen of Trinidad but he did produce a passport from that country and claimed to have dual citizenship, Rumsey said. He had also lived in Dorchester, Mass., before relocating to Waterville.
“We make the referral to the federal immigration folks and they do what they need to do from there,” Rumsey said when asked if Francis faces deportation.
“We’re glad that we were able to successfully execute the warrant, seize the drugs and put these folks out of commission,” Rumsey said.
Marble was able to post $11,000 unsecured bail from the Waterville police department while Weaks and Francis, who both have prior drug arrests on their rap sheets, were taken to the Kennebec County Jail and held on $50,000 cash bail. The exact previous charges were unavailable.
All three suspects are due in federal court Sept. 25. If convicted, the trio faces up to 30 years in prison.