‘Boss Man’ pleads guilty to being part of Ohio Street crack cocaine ring

Posted Nov. 14, 2012, at 5:15 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A New York City man admitted Wednesday in U.S. District Court to being part of a crack cocaine ring that operated out of adjacent apartments on Ohio Street in Bangor.

Dawlin “Boss Man” Cabrera, 30, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base, which is the equivalent of nearly an ounce. Cabrera also used the alias Rolando Rosario-Andujar, according to court documents.

He has been held without bail since his arrest Feb. 2 in New York City.

Cabrera, who pleaded not guilty to the charge in February, is one of 13 people charged in federal court in Bangor in connection with a November raid that investigators have said operated primarily out of apartments at 100 and 102 Ohio St. The distribution ring operated from September 2010 through October 2011. Investigators recovered 371 grams, nearly 13 ounces, of crack cocaine, according to court documents.

The defendants are accused of selling plastic bags of crack cocaine in bundles of 10 and 20. Each small bag contained 0.40 grams, or 0.014 ounces, of crack cocaine, according to court documents. A “10 pack” sold for $375.

Cabrera was one of the ringleaders in the conspiracy, court documents said. Between October 2010 and Nov. 3, 2011, when the Ohio Street apartments were raided, more than $200,000 in cash was deposited into Cabrera’s bank account in New York City.

“The defendant was responsible for obtaining the crack cocaine in New York and having it delivered to Bangor by couriers who traveled on commercial bus,” said the prosecution version of events to which Cabrera pleaded guilty. “He was responsible for paying the source in New York. He monitored the operation in Bangor by frequent visits to Bangor to ensure that the money generated by the sale of the crack was accounted for properly. He rented the location at 100 Ohio St. and paid for the rented furniture used to furnish the location.”

Cabrera came to Bangor from New York after the police searched the apartments and seized some of the drugs. He later recovered crack cocaine hidden in one of the apartments that investigators did not find, the prosecution version said.

A sentencing date for Cabrera has not been set. He faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in prison. He also could be ordered to pay a fine of up to $5 million.

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