Sanford man accused of selling cocaine to undercover officers

Posted March 28, 2014, at 1:47 p.m.

SANFORD, Maine — A pair of Sanford men face drug charges after one reportedly sold cocaine numerous times to undercover police.

Ryan Benoit, 23, and Joshua Downs, 18, both are being held at the York County Jail, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Cmdr. Scott Pelletier. The pair were arrested on Thursday, Pelletier said.

Over the past few weeks, drug agents reported conducting undercover cocaine purchases from Benoit at various locations in Sanford. Downs allegedly accompanied Benoit on one of the transactions.

After a short foot pursuit, Benoit was taken into custody while delivering cocaine to an undercover agent, Pelletier said. Eight grams of crack cocaine along with $1,900 in suspected drug money were seized, Pelletier said. The street value of the cocaine was estimated at $1,200.

After Benoit was taken into custody, a search warrant was served on Downs’ residence, and 20 ounces of processed marijuana, digital scales and marijuana plants reportedly were seized.

Benoit was charged with unlawful trafficking in a Schedule W drug and violation of bail, while Downs is accused of unlawful trafficking in a Schedule Z drug, Pelletier said.

Benoit was out on bail for two undisclosed charges, so bail was not allowed, Pelletier said. Downs’ bail was set at $100 cash.

Additional charges are expected as the case remains under investigation.

Sanford and Wells police and members of the Southern Maine Special Response Team assisted drug agents.

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