Waterville man faces cocaine trafficking charges

Posted Jan. 24, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville man who tried to conceal a supply of cocaine on his mother wound up going to jail on Thursday, according to police.

Jeffrey Hannah, 42, was a passenger in a car that was stopped shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Front Street as police were looking to serve a search warrant, Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

Just prior to police pulling the vehicle over, Hannah apparently passed cocaine to his mother, who was driving, Rumsey said. Hannah’s mother was not charged, as she gave the drugs to police as her son was questioned.

Hannah, who had 2.6 grams worth of crack cocaine on his possession, was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking in schedule drugs, and one charge of unlawful furnishing of schedule drugs, Rumsey said.

The investigation of Hannah’s drug trafficking had lasted about a month, Rumsey said.

After Hannah’s arrest, a search warrant was conducted on his College Avenue residence, and while no contraband was found in the residence, police did find Hannah’s girlfriend, Sarah Belanger, 31, and arrested her on a probation hold due to the fact she had cocaine in her system, Rumsey said.

Both suspects are being held at the Kennebec County Jail. Hannah’s court appearance is March 11 and Belanger’s is March 4.

Rumsey said the value of the cocaine was about $800.