Biddeford woman sentenced for drug trafficking

By Juliette Laaka | Jan 07, 2014
Lauryn Smith

Rockland — A Biddeford woman who was part of a trio involved in trafficking and transporting heroin and cocaine locally was sentenced to four months in jail for her involvement in the scheme.

Lauryn Smith, 20, pleaded guilty in Knox County Superior Court Jan. 7 to two charges of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. An aggravated trafficking charge was dismissed.

The original sentence was three years for count one and 120 days for count two, but it was ordered all but 120 days be served on the sentence. Smith will be on probation for one year upon her release from jail.

Smith's accomplices, Stafford Goodman, of Biddeford and Alicia Santamore, of Thomaston, have been sentenced for their crimes in connection with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency bust in September.

Santamore lived at the raided residence on Water Street, 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.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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