May 23, 2018
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Cumberland woman gets 3 years probation for crack cocaine sale

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Cumberland woman was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to three years of probation for selling $1,000 worth of crack cocaine to an undercover agent last year.

Dawn Kay, 42, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base. She was arrested on Sept. 7, 2011, with Jamaine Edwards, 28, address unknown, in the parking lot of a Portland-area business, according to court documents.

He was sentenced Friday to eight years and three months in federal prison and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base.

Kay’s sentence was substantially less severe than Edwards’ because she was involved in the conspiracy for a shorter period of time than Edwards and played a much lesser role in the conspiracy than Edwards did, according to information introduced at Kay’s sentencing.

Both defendants faced up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.

According to the prosecution version of events to which the pair pleaded guilty, the undercover agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agreed to meet Edwards on Sept. 7, 2011, in what is described as the “parking lot of a local business.” Edwards told the agent that he would be in a white station wagon.

“At approximately 2:50 p.m., the undercover agent arrived at the parking lot and contacted [the] defendant,” according to the prosecution version. “Shortly thereafter, agents conducting surveillance observed a white female with blonde hair, wearing a blue jacket, walk towards the undercover agent’s vehicle and approach the passenger side door. At that same time, another agent observed a black male wearing dark -colored pants and a dark wind breaker jacket walk from the same area the female had come from and enter the business establishment.

“The female entered the undercover agent’s vehicle; the female introduced herself as Dawn (later identified as co-defendant Dawn Kay) and requested to see the money,” the document continued. “After the undercover agent showed her the money, Kay handed the

agent a plastic bag containing what the agent recognized to be crack cocaine. The undercover agent told Kay that the amount was too small for the price he was paying and advised he wanted to speak with [Edwards]. Moments later the agent placed a phone call to [him] and discussed the quantity of the crack with him.”

While that conversation was taking place, according to the prosecution version, agents conducting surveillance saw Edwards come out of the business, which is not identified in court documents, and get into a car. Edwards and Kay quickly were taken into custody.

Kay later told investigators that Edwards gave her the crack cocaine to give to the undercover agent, the prosecution version said. The undercover agent’s cellphone number was found on Edwards’ cell phone.

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