Self-described ‘no good drug dealer’ released on bail

Posted Oct. 02, 2012, at 2:19 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — A Mechanic Falls man who described himself in a journal as “a no good drug dealer” was released on $5,000 unsecured bail after a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

David Leonard, 41, was arrested Sept. 26 at his home and charged with possession of cocaine, crack and heroin. The drugs were found in Leonard’s kitchen and master bedroom, according to a court affidavit.

“During the search, the agents also recovered a journal in the master bedroom that had one entry that said, in sum and substance, that I am a no good drug dealer and this is the life I know and that the writer became a drug dealer at first because it was easy money that he needed to support his family,” the affidavit said.

In an interview with investigators, Leonard allegedly confessed to selling drugs. He said he had received some of the personal property in his home as payment for cocaine, crack and heroin. Leonard also allegedly said that one of the motor vehicles in his driveway had been purchased with the proceeds from his drug dealing.

Leonard is facing three charges: possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

He is not expected to enter pleas to the charges until he has been indicted by a federal grand jury later this month.

Conditions of Leonard’s release include no use of alcohol or drugs, random testing for their use, obtaining substance abuse counseling and seeking employment.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

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