WALDOBORO, Maine — Local law enforcement agencies seized guns, heroin, and $250,000 in stolen gold coins from a Waldoboro home during searches Nov. 17 and 21.
A Florida police department is now seeking the extradition of the Waldoboro man living in the home, who was arrested last week and charged with drugs and weapons offenses, according to a Waldoboro Police Department press release.
Waldoboro police officers and Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies arrested Kevin S. King, 53, at his residence at 580 Bremen Rd. (Route 32), Waldoboro, Nov. 17 around 1 p.m.
King’s arrest was the result of an ongoing criminal investigation, which followed two earlier incidents at a doctor’s office in Waldoboro, allegedly involving erratic behavior by King in the doctor’s office lobby.
A criminal records check indicated King has an extensive criminal history with numerous felony drug, weapons, alcohol, and traffic-related incidents dating back as far as 1980. Police also learned that King is currently on $30,000 bond out of Juniper, Fla. for grand theft and money laundering in excess of $100,000.
Those charges state that King is alleged to have stolen 490 African Krugerrand gold coins, valued at over $600,000. Waldoboro police also received information alleging King was in possession of several firearms and ammunition at his residence.
A convicted felon, King is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.
On Nov. 17, Waldoboro police, assisted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, executed a search warrant at King’s residence.
As a result of the search, police seized two handguns, a shotgun, and an AR-15 assault rifle, as well as a large cache of ammunition, approximately 4 grams of heroin, prescription drugs, a digital scale, and other drug-related paraphernalia.
Police also seized five Krugerrand gold coins allegedly taken from Juniper, Fla. As a result, King was arrested and charged with possession of firearm by a prohibited person, illegal possession of scheduled drugs, and receiving stolen property.
King was transported to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset where bail was initially set at $25,000 cash. On Nov. 20, King’s bond was revoked by the state of Florida because of the alleged new criminal conduct.
Following up on information gathered during the Nov. 17 search, Waldoboro police obtained a second search warrant for King’s residence Nov. 20 and searched the residence Nov. 21, assisted by a Maine State Police K-9 Unit.
During the second search, officers allegedly located two additional firearms; approximately 150-200 of the African Krugerrands gold coins, valued at approximately $200,000; and a sealed box containing five 100-ounce silver bars valued at approximately $10,000, all hidden under a false floor in the basement.
The Juniper Police Department is currently making arrangements to retrieve the gold coins and precious metal seized during the execution of the Waldoboro warrants, and seeking to extradite King back to Florida.
The Waldoboro Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Juniper Police Department, and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are continuing to investigate this incident.
Anyone with any information about the investigation is urged to contact Waldoboro Police Officer Larry Hesseltine or Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde at 832-4500.