Police arrest 5 in Augusta, Belgrade bust, seize $23,000 in drugs

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 15, 2012, at 1:42 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Undercover agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and local police detectives have been watching three local residents for drug activity, and on Friday executed a raid that took more than $23,000 in hard drugs off the streets.

Five people — two men from New York and three local residents — have been arrested so far, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall said in a press release.

“MDEA agents and Augusta police, assisted by Waterville police, Kennebec County Sheriff’s deputies, Maine State troopers and U.S. DEA agents, executed search warrants at three locations, seizing a large quantity of illicit drugs and other evidence,” he said.

The homes raided were at 18 Edison Drive and 388 Washington Street in Augusta, as well as 43 Hulin Road in Belgrade.

“Over 550 retail bags of heroin, 6 grams of bulk heroin, 19 grams of cocaine HCL and 18 grams of cocaine base (crack) were among the items of evidence seized from the three locations,” the MDEA press release states. “The street value of the drugs seized, just during the warrants, is more than $23,000.”

James Davis, 19, of Harlem, N.Y., and Belgrade was charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in heroin, and Class B unlawful trafficking in heroin. His bail is set at $25,000.

The first charge was elevated to a Class A because police say he was dealing drugs in a school zone, Crandall said.

Terrell Washington, 23, of Bronx, N.Y., was charged with two counts of Class B unlawful trafficking in heroin. His bail is also set at $25,000.

John Wood, 31, of Augusta was charged with Class C unlawful possession of heroin and hindering apprehension. His bail was set at $10,000.

Wood was charged with hindering because “he tried to destroy evidence,” Crandall said.

Beverly Norton, 56, of Augusta was charged with two counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in heroin. Her bail is set at $15,000.

Her trafficking charge also was elevated to a Class A because police say she was dealing drugs in a school zone, Crandall said.

Amber Swift, 27, of Belgrade was charged with Class B unlawful trafficking in heroin. Her bail is set at $2,500.

The state’s Attorney General will be handling the prosecution of those charged, Crandall said.

“The investigation is far from over, and more arrests are anticipated,” he said.

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