Fight at Rockland motel leads to drug bust, 4 arrests

Felicia Timoteo
Courtesy of Knox County Jail
Felicia Timoteo
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 30, 2013, at 12:22 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Four people have been charged in connection to a Saturday night drug bust at a Rockland motel.

Police were called to the Trade Winds Motor Inn in Rockland shortly after 10 p.m. for the report of a fight in the hotel lobby. When officers arrived, they found Cameron Soto, 21, of Fairhaven, Mass., fighting with another man.

The other man, a resident of Owls Head, said he came to the hotel to confront Soto. The man claimed Soto had been selling drugs to his sister, and the man wanted to end the dealing.

Soto had been under investigation for several months by the agencies for possible trafficking and importation of crack cocaine and oxycodone into the Rockland area, according to a news release issued by the Rockland Police Department and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

According to an affidavit filed by Rockland police in Rockland District Court, the officers asked to see the room that Soto had been staying in. They went to the room and when they knocked, Christopher Sawyer, 25, of Vinalhaven answered the door. The officer reported smelling marijuana and saw drugs in plain view in the room, according to the affidavit.

A hotel employee said a woman was renting another room in the hotel and came from the same area as Soto. Police went to that room, knocked, and Felicia Timoteo, 21, of New Bedford, Mass., opened the door. Drugs were also in plain view in the room, police stated in the affidavit.

A search of the two hotel rooms uncovered 25 grams of crack cocaine, 200 30-milligram oxycodone pills, $4,700 in cash along with drug paraphernalia.

Soto was arrested on suspicion of trafficking in crack cocaine and oxycodone, according to police. The charge was aggravated because he had a 2012 drug conviction in Massachusetts.

Timoteo was also arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine and oxycodone. Her charges also were more severe because she was on federal probation for a 2012 drug conviction in Massachusetts, police said.

Sawyer was arrested and charged with possession and trafficking in crack cocaine, police said. Police reported that Sawyer allegedly had been helping the other two sell the drugs in the Rockland area.

Veronica Ames, 23, of Rockland was arrested and charged with possession of crack cocaine, according to police.

Police said some of the suspects admitted going out to Vinalhaven where drugs allegedly were sold to several people.

Soto and Ames were released on bail.

Timoteo and Sawyer made their initial court appearances Monday afternoon in Rockland District Court.

Judge John Kennedy set bail for Timoteo at $10,000 cash as requested by Assistant Attorney General Katie Sibley. The prosecutor pointed out that Timoteo had begun 36 months of federal supervision in March.

Defense attorney Jonathan Handelman requested $2,500 cash bail. He said the woman had two children, ages 2 and 5 years old, in Massachusetts, had a job and was attending a community college. He said she simply chose the wrong people with whom to come to Maine.

Kennedy set bail at $1,000 cash for Sawyer. The judge questioned how pervasive drugs were on Vinalhaven with Sibley saying they are quite pervasive. Handelman said that it would be no more pervasive there than in Rockland or even the county jail.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story reported one of the arrested as Felicia Timotoeo. It is Felicia Timoteo.

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