Biddeford man gets five years for drug trafficking
Rockland — Less than a year out of prison, a 27-year-old Biddeford man was sentenced to five more years of incarceration for two aggravated drug trafficking charges stemming from his arrest in September.
Stafford Goodman was charged with three counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in heroin and cocaine. One count was dismissed. He was released from prison in May after serving a 24-month-long trafficking sentence.
The total sentence imposed Dec. 20 is 10 years in prison will all but five years suspended. Goodman will be subject to two years on probation upon his release.
Two other people have been charged in the scheme as well, Alicia Santamore, 30, of Thomaston and Lauryn Smith, 20, of Biddeford. Both women were charged with Class B drug trafficking in September.
Maine Drug Enforcement agents from the Mid Coast District Task Force along with officers from the Maine State Police, Thomaston Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Rockland Police Department executed a search warrant on Water Street in Thomaston Sept. 11.
Santamore lived in the raided residence, and part of the investigation included controlled purchases of drugs at the apartment, said a police report filed by Scott Quintero of the Maine State Police.
Seized during the search were 21 grams of heroin and 26 grams of cocaine, as well as other items indicative of drug trafficking, police said. The approximate street value of the seized drugs is $10,000.
When authorities conducted a search of the apartment, the three suspects admitted to being drug users. Goodman said he did not have drugs on him, but authorities found a bag of cocaine and heroin he was attempting to hide in his pants. He later admitted to picking up the drugs with the intention of reselling them in Thomaston and said he was only in town to sell drugs. Goodman added Santamore did all the dealing, and that he stayed in the other room during transactions as he did not want people to see him, said the report. He said there was a lot of traffic in the apartment.
When Santamore was questioned, she described herself as a "middler," taking orders and money for drugs, and then delivering the drugs to customers once Goodman bought them. She said she knew Goodman for a while and that they had become reacquainted when he was released from prison in May. She said she used about $450 to $550 worth of heroin and cocaine a day, and was able to afford the habit because of the drug dealing, said the report.
Smith told police she had been driving Goodman to Thomaston from Biddeford and admitted to knowing he was transporting drugs. She said she drove him around because she would receive gas money and heroin for her involvement, according to the report.
Santamore was sentenced to nine months and one day in prison for a drug trafficking charge.
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