BANGOR, Maine — Four more people, three of them from New York, have been arrested on federal drug charges in connection with an alleged cocaine and oxycodone distribution ring in the Waterville area in which 16 people have been indicted.
James “Reggie” Proudfoot, 32, Tyrone Pereira, 46, and Robin Brown, 54, all of New York City, were arrested Wednesday in that city. Dominic Collins, 21, of Skowhegan was arrested Tuesday in Maine.
Information about the circumstances surrounding the arrests was not available Wednesday on the federal court system’s electronic case filing system.
Two others who have been indicted but not identified remain at large.
Proudfoot, Brown and Collins were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone and 500 grams or more of cocaine. Brown also was charged with possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing oxycodone, while Collins was charged with possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing cocaine.
Pereira was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute oxycodone and possession with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing oxycodone.
Collins pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the charges in U.S. District Court in Bangor. He was released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
Arraignment dates for the New Yorkers have not been set.
The following people were arrested earlier this month and have pleaded not guilty to drug charges: Maurice “Mo” McCray, 31, of Waterville and Farmington; Tara Pelletier, 31, of Waterville; Rodney Lacroix, 23, of Waterville; Justin Lacroix, 25, of Waterville; Jesse Jones, 24, of Waterville; Joshua Blodgett, 20, of Skowhegan; Saul Hernandez, 24, of Augusta; Patrick Hanson, 21, of Winslow; Brian Lemieux, 30, of Winslow; and Cassandra “Cassie” Ware, 22, of Farmington.
The Lacroixs are brothers, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.
All of those previously arrested are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and 500 grams or more of cocaine, the most serious charge. Five hundred grams equals 17.5 ounces, or more than a pound of cocaine.
McCray, Hernandez, Hanson, Jones and Justin Lacroix are being held without bail pending the outcome of their cases. The other defendants, like Collins, have been released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
If convicted of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of up to 40 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Maine State Police, the police departments of Waterville, Augusta, Fairfield, Oakland and Skowhegan, and the Somerset and Kennebec county sheriff’s offices. The Kennebec and Somerset County district attorney’s offices and the Maine attorney general’s office also provided assistance in the investigation.