Police nab three NYC suspects in Augusta drug bust

Posted June 20, 2013, at 2:06 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Drug agents arrested three New York City suspects Wednesday afternoon after a traffic stop and a search warrant at a local motel.

Raishawn Key, 31, Latoya Pugh, 35, and Robert Lowry, 33, from Manhattan, are all accused of aggravated trafficking in cocaine and heroin, a Class A crime, according to Commander Darrell Crandall of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Crandall said drug agents and Augusta police have suspected over the last two months that the trio had been selling crack and heroin in the greater Augusta area. They were located at an undisclosed Augusta motel earlier this week, the commander said.

On Wednesday, a Honda Accord the suspects were traveling in was pulled over by MDEA agents, state police, Augusta police and Kennebec County Sheriff’s Deputies on Community Drive, according to Crandall.

The search warrant was subsequently executed at the motel, Crandall said, and 57 grams of crack cocaine, 10 grams of heroin and $1,300 in cash were seized. The commander added the value of the drugs was listed at $9,000.

All three suspects are being held at the Kennebec County Jail on $75,000 bail. They face up to 25 years behind bars if convicted.