February 23, 2019
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Seven arrested in Augusta crack, heroin bust

AUGUSTA, Maine — Seven people were arrested Monday, including five from New York City, in a crack and heroin bust in Augusta, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Arrested were Kashawn McLaughlin, 25; Tymell Waters, 30; Frederick Rogers, 31; Porchia Woodard, 25; and Davina Abdusalan, 23, all from New York. Also arrested were Donna Hall, 45, and Melissa Clark, 31, both of Augusta, according to spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The arrests were made at the Senator Inn on Western Avenue and at a Gage Street apartment, McCausland said.

Between the two locations, 108 grams of crack cocaine, 66 grams of heroin, a half-pound of marijuana, two loaded handguns and $13,772 in cash were seized, McCausland said. The street value of the seized contraband was $25,000.

The five from New York and Hall were arrested at the hotel and Clark at the Gage Street apartment, the spokesman said.

McLaughlin is facing two charges of aggravated trafficking of schedule drugs and being a felon in possession of a firearm while he had a warrant for a parole violation out of New York; Waters, Woodard and Abdusalan are facing two charges of aggravated schedule drug trafficking; and Rogers is facing two aggravated schedule drug trafficking charges and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Hall also is charged with two counts of aggravated schedule drug trafficking. Those five are being held at the Kennebec County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Clark is facing one charge of trafficking in schedule drugs and is being held in county lockup on $5,000 bail.

Also assisting in the investigation and Monday nights arrests were the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office and the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency. The Augusta Police Department’s Special Response Team also were utilized in the arrests at the motel.



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