June 20, 2018
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Multiple people arrested in Saco drug bust

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SACO, Maine — Numerous people are facing drug charges after a search warrant was executed at a Saco motel on Thursday, according to police.

Peter Mador, supervisor for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s York County division, said in a news release Friday agents had been conducting an investigation of drug trafficking in the Saco and Old Orchard Beach areas for several months.

Among those arrested, according to Mador, were Ruanita Davis, 21, and Joshua Crespo, 21, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., for aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine.

Mador said Davis and Crespo had rented a motel room in Saco on July 17, and agents were tipped off that Davis was actively selling drugs in Saco and Old Orchard Beach.

Following the arrest, 11.1 grams of crack cocaine, 39.4 grams of heroin and several thousand dollars in cash were recovered from the motel room. Members of the Saco police department and a state police K-9 unit aided in the arrest.

Davis and Crespo were booked into the York County Jail, where bail was set at $10,000 for each.

In addition to the New Yorkers, three other people were also arrested in the wake of the investigation, all for trafficking drugs in the Saco-Old Orchard area, according to Mador.

Kristen Calvo, 30, of Old Orchard was charged with aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine; Laura Palokovic, 45, also of Old Orchard, is facing a charge of unlawful trafficking in crack cocaine and Conetta Phillips, 30, of Brooklyn is looking at a charge of aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine.

All three suspects remain remain at the York County Jail. Mador said the arrests of that trio resulted in the seizure of crack cocaine and heroin with a street value of $1,000, along with several thousand dollars in cash.

Mador expects more arrests to be made in the case.

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