Bangor man accused of dealing heroin, fentanyl, cocaine in Midcoast

By Stephen Betts | May 16, 2018
Photo by: Knox County Jail Gregorio Diaz

Thomaston — A Bangor man could face up to 30 years in prison after he was arrested Tuesday, May 15, accused of being a supplier of heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine to the Midcoast.

Gregorio Diaz, 38, was arrested by agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and charged with two counts of Class A trafficking in drugs. The charges were elevated to the Class A level because Diaz has a 2016 drug conviction from Kennebec County.

The investigation began April 16, when Rockland police arrested an unnamed cooperating defendant for unlawful trafficking and other charges. The drugs were heroin, fentanyl and crack, according to an affidavit filed in Knox County court by MDEA.

The defendant told investigators that a person she knew as Sinn (later determined to be Diaz) provided the drugs during a deal the previous night. Diaz had instructed the person to first go to Walmart and then provided his address on Pleasant Street in Thomaston, according to the affidavit.

Diaz had been released from the Main State Prison in Warren in March 2017 for the 2016 drug conviction.

Agents placed surveillance on the Pleasant Street trailer and saw a woman get into a car with Diaz.

Later on that day, April 24, another confidential informant told MDEA that heroin, fentanyl and cocaine could be purchased from the woman seen with Diaz. A controlled purchase was made from the woman (named in the affidavit, but whose name is not being used because no charges have yet been filed in court).

The woman told the informant that Sinn was her supplier and he was planning to go to Massachusetts to get more drugs, according to the affidavit. After the deal, made in the parking lot of the Maritime Farms on Route 1 in Rockland, agents followed her back to the nearby trailer on Pleasant Street, where she and Diaz got in a car and left.

The pair first drove to Belfast and picked up a man who is also named in the affidavit. The three were stopped by Belfast police for a driving violation, but were allowed to leave by the local officer.

Early the next morning, police stopped the car in York and Diaz was arrested on an outstanding warrant, according to the affidavit. He was released on bail a few hours later. York County Jail officials told MDEA that Diaz had $6,000 in cash on him at the time of his arrest.

Upon coming back to Maine, Diaz went first Bangor and then back to Thomaston, where he stayed at the Hampton Inn.

Another cooperating defendant who admitted selling drugs in the area said that he or she had driven to the Boston area with Diaz, where he acquired the drugs. This cooperating defendant said he or she was selling the drugs for yet another person in the Midcoast who was being supplied by Diaz.

Agents arrested Diaz as he left the motel May 15 and he was carrying 56 bags of suspected crack cocaine, according to the affidavit.

Diaz denied selling drugs and said he was an addict and had gotten the drugs from someone in Bangor and that the $6,815 in cash he had on him was from selling a car, according to the affidavit.

Diaz made his initial appearance Wednesday, May 16, in Knox County Court, where Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $10,000 cash. He could also be released from jail if he is able to find an inpatient drug rehabilitation program, according to the bail order.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Norma Hunt | May 17, 2018 13:33

"Diaz made his initial appearance Wednesday, May 16 in Knox County where Judge Susan Sparaco set bail at $10,000 cash. He could also be released from jail if he is able to find an in-patient drug rehabilitation, according to the bail order."

 

If he finds an in-patient drug rehabilitation who is paying for that?  Why, oh why, do I think it will be Maine taxpayers?



Posted by: Dale Hayward | May 16, 2018 17:11

Mary, Mary, quite contrary ( of our system of justice), how does the system work? There is no justice for the injustice and that is why it is called the criminal justice system. What else can we expect? Look at the smug on his face, that took years of practice from being able, so far, to beat the system. I can not honestly expect 30 years, do you?



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | May 16, 2018 16:10

Another slap on the hand and off to sell another day. If locked up for a substantial time the drugs wear off and rehabilitation perhaps begin. This takes years, so the system should give longer sentences and keep the addicted in the system for many, many years. It would sure help the communities cut down on crime.



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