PORTLAND, Maine — A Connecticut man accused of heading a crack cocaine and heroin trafficking operation in Maine and elsewhere was arrested Tuesday on federal drug charges.
Franklyn Erick Adams, 38, of Waterbury, Connecticut, made his initial appearance Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He is charged with one count each of possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base and possession with intent to distribute cocaine hydrochloride and heroin, according to a synopsis of the complaint filed against him by federal prosecutors.
It was not immediately clear where Adams was arrested.
According to the complaint, Adams is a “known drug dealer and long-standing target of investigation.” In 2013, he was arrested twice in Rhode Island in possession of illegal narcotics and significant amounts of cash.
He also is the subject of an outstanding full extradition warrant for his arrest as an escapee for a parole violation in Waterbury, Connecticut.
In early December 2015, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigators were contacted by a confidential informer facing drug, forgery and theft charges who wanted to cooperate with law enforcement in the hopes of judicial or prosecutive consideration.
The informant reportedly conducted two controlled buys of drugs from Adams’ trafficking operation in December.
Adams, who initially was held at York County Jail, reportedly was being transferred to Cumberland County Jail Tuesday evening, a York County Jail official said.
A bail hearing is set for Friday of next week.
If convicted, Adams faces up to 40 years in prison on the cocaine base charge and a maximum penalty of 20 years on the heroin charge, according to court documents.
Adams’ arrest was the result of an investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Biddeford Police Department and other local, state and federal law enforcement officers.