July 22, 2018
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New York man pleads not guilty to heroin possession in Portland federal court

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A New York man arrested last week pleaded not guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Raydani Genao, 26, of New York City was arrested Thursday just north of the York toll booth after a Maine state trooper stopped the car he was a passenger in because the trooper suspected the driver had a suspended license, according to court documents.

Genao was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury for having more than 100 grams, or 3½ ounces, of heroin that he intended to sell, the indictment said.

When interviewed Thursday after the traffic stop, Genao and his wife, who has not been charged, claimed they were staying in Maine for two days but neither could name the town they were visiting or where they planned to spend the night, according to court documents. The trooper found no luggage or toiletries in the car.

A trained narcotics dog located a package wrapped in duct tape hidden in the air vent on the passenger’s side of the dashboard, according to court documents. A field drug test was positive for heroin.

In an interview with agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Genao allegedly admitted that he bought what he believed to be 150 grams, or 5.3 ounces, of heroin in New York City for $51 per gram. He said that he planned to sell it to a customer in Maine for $60 a gram, according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors have asked that Genao be held without bail. A detention hearing is scheduled to be held Thursday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

If convicted, Genao faces between five and 40 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $5 million.

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