UPDATED: Bail set for accused drug traffickersOne suspect used about $500 worth of drugs a day
Rockland — Bail was set Sept. 13 for two people accused of distributing heroin and cocaine in the Midcoast region.
Three people were arrested by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency personnel Sept. 11 following an investigation.
Stafford Goodman, 27, of Biddeford, was arrested on a Class A aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs charge.
Arrested for Class B trafficking in scheduled drugswere Lauryn Smith, 20, of Biddeford and Alicia Santamore, 30, of Thomaston.
Goodman's bail was set at $25,000 cash. Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody, filling in for Assistant Attorney General William Savage, said the significant bail amount requested by the state was appropriate as Goodman was recently released from prison in May after serving a 24-month-long trafficking sentence. He also has a history of failing to appear, Baroody said.
Goodman's charges could carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for each count.
Santamore was released on $1,500 cash bail for the new criminal complaint and a motion to revoke bail. She faces up to 20 years in prison for her charges. The state requested she be held without bail pending a motion to revoke her bail in Waldo County. She is on bail conditions following convictions for forgery, receiving drugs by deception, and stealing drugs.
Defense Attorney William Pagnano said Santamore is not a flight risk as she lives in the area and is also responsible for caring for her grandmother.
As both defendants are facing felony charges, they are not expected to enter a plea. They are expected to appear in court again Nov. 27.
Smith had previously been released from custody.
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, according to an MDEA press release.
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.
The investigation is ongoing and other arrests are expected, said police.
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