BANGOR, Maine — A New York City woman pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to being part of a drug distribution ring that allegedly operated early this year distributing cocaine and oxycodone in Kennebec County.
Natasha Adorno, 24, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distributing oxycodone and 500 grams or more of cocaine between Jan. 1 and March 17.
Five hundred grams is approximately 1 pound, 1.6 ounces of cocaine.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk on Thursday allowed Adorno to be released on personal recognizance bail into the custody of her mother or grandmother. She remained Friday at the Penobscot County Jail.
Adorno was arrested in New York City on Aug. 8, the day a federal grand jury in Bangor handed up a superseding indictment that included 21 defendants. The original indictment issued May 17 named 16 defendants, including Adorno.
Defendants’ names are redacted from federal indictments until they are arrested. It was coincidental that Adorno was arrested the day the grand jury met, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Two Maine men indicted Aug. 8 have pleaded not guilty to being part of the conspiracy and have been released on $10,000 unsecured bail. Daniel Pinette, 49, of Waterville and Thomas Veilleux, 32, of Farmingdale pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distributing oxycodone.
Maurice “Mo” McCray, 32, of Waterville and Farmington is the alleged ringleader of the drug conspiracy. He has been indicted on seven drug charges involving the distribution and possession of cocaine and oxycodone in two separate federal cases. McCray has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail.
One defendant has pleaded guilty to being part of the conspiracy and a second is scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday in federal court in Bangor.
Patrick Hanson, 21, of Winslow pleaded guilty Aug. 13 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distributing oxycodone and 500 grams or more of cocaine. Saul Hernandez, 24, of Augusta is expected to plead guilty to the same charge Hanson did. Both men have been held without bail since their arrests in May and will continue to be jailed until they have been sentenced.
Others indicted in the alleged conspiracy include Tara Pelletier, 31, of Waterville; Robin Brown, 54, of New York City; Tyrone Pereira, 46, of New York City; James “Reggie” Proudfoot, 32, of New York City; Rodney Lacroix, 23, of Waterville; Justine Lacroix, 25, of Waterville; Jesse Jones, 24, of Waterville; Joshua Blodgett, 20, of Skowhegan; Dominic Collins, 20, of Skowhegan; Benjamin Lemieux, 30, of Winslow; and Cassandra “Cassie” Ware, 22, of Farmington.
Four defendants indicted earlier this month had not been arrested as of Friday.