Three from Peru, Rumford accused of trafficking crack cocaine

Posted April 06, 2013, at 12:01 p.m.

PERU, Maine — Three people from Peru and Rumford are accused of trafficking crack cocaine.

Martin D. Lore, 27, of Rumford, Jolene K. Norris, 38, of Peru and Edward E. Towers Jr., 48, of Rumford were arrested Wednesday by Special Agent Tony Milligan of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and accused of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.

According to an affidavit by Milligan, Detective James Bernard of the Rumford Police Department was first informed that Towers was driving to Portland regularly and transporting crack cocaine and heroin to the Rumford area.

Police received a tip that on April 3, Towers and Norris were going to Portland to pick up drugs and bring them to the Rumford area. Bernard and Milligan watched for Norris’ truck and when they sighted it in Livermore they followed it to Peru, where it was pulled over.

Bernard and Milligan found Lore, Norris and Towers inside, along with several bags of cocaine base, or crack cocaine, in the truck and in Lore’s socks. The amount of crack cocaine was more than 13 grams.

On Friday in 11th District Court in Paris, Norris and Lore were released on personal recognizance bail with conditions that they can’t use or possess illegal drugs and are subject to random searches and testing. Towers’ bail was set at $5,000 cash and a Maine Pretrial Services contract. All three are scheduled for arraignment July 1 in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris.

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