Augusta man with history of drug abuse facing new drug charges

Posted May 05, 2014, at 4:32 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Augusta man with a lengthy rap sheet was arrested Thursday after a search warrant was executed at his residence, according to police.

Freeman Taylor, 40, who has convictions for robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, burglary, theft and assault on his record, added heroin and cocaine charges to the list after his arrest, according to Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty.

Upon entering the Water Street residence, detectives found and seized 12 grams of heroin and two grams of crack, along with $7,000 in cash, numerous scales, drug ledgers and packaging, Liberty said.

Taylor was charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, the sheriff said.

Liberty added Taylor also has a long history of drug abuse, and he attempted to flush the heroin when police arrived, but officers were able to secure the evidence.

Taylor was brought to Kennebec County Jail after his arrest and bail was set at $5,000.

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