BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Connecticut man who police say brought large amounts of heroin to sell in the Brunswick area pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking and will serve nine months in jail.
Angel Quinones, 21, of Wethersfield, Conn., was sentenced in Portland Superior Court to five years in jail, all but nine months suspended and two years of probation after pleading guilty Sept. 24 to Class B aggravated trafficking in heroin, according to court documents.
Quinones was arrested May 20 at the Knight’s Inn motel on Pleasant Street in Brunswick after Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers found him in possession of 11 bags of heroin, prepackaged for sale, totaling 3.7 grams, according to court documents.
Brunswick police Detective Rich Cutliffe said at the time that the Brunswick Police Department, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office had been watching Quinones since January, and suspected he was visiting Maine for a week at a time and selling approximately 15-20 grams of heroin each time.
According to court documents, an investigation involving confidential informants revealed that Quinones was a primary source of heroin in the area, and allegedly traded drugs for firearms.
Quinones told Cutliffe that “he figured out through the people he met [that] there was an open gate and a lot of buyers” in Maine, according to Cutliffe’s affidavit.
He told detectives he’d brought 15 grams of heroin to Maine on several visits since January, and sold each gram for $120-$150, after buying it for $80-$90.