Two women charged with trafficking cocaine

Posted March 12, 2013, at 9:42 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Two women are facing drug charges after cocaine, oxycodone and cash were found in Manchester and Augusta on Friday, according to police.

Police arrested Shenika Boyd, 33, a native of New York, and Kathy Tupper, 48, of Augusta, according to Cmdr. Darrell Crandall of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Officers executed search warrants at Boyd’s Manchester motel room and Tupper’s Augusta home, according to Crandall, with 2½ ounces of cocaine valued at $7,400, 184 oxycodone tablets worth $1,840 and $3,370 in cash seized.

The investigation, led by the MDEA’s South Central task force, included the purchase of contraband from Tupper and other suspects whom police have yet to identify, according to Crandall. He said additional arrests are expected as the case continues to be investigated.

Augusta police and Kennebec County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted MDEA agents in apprehending Tupper and Boyd, Crandall said.

Boyd was charged with trafficking in cocaine, a Class B felony, and Tupper was charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine, a Class A felony due to prior drug convictions.

Both suspects are being held at the Kennebec County Jail. They are due in court May 14.

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