Police say woman struck officer with car while trying to escape drug bust

By Stephen Betts | Apr 06, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Chamara Cox, standing, makes her initial appearance Friday, April 6 in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland.

Rockland — A New York woman faces additional charges, including striking a police officer with a car as she tried to flee from a drug bust in Warren Wednesday, April 4.

Chamara Cox, 31, of Rochester, N.Y., was charged Friday with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, assault, eluding an officer, driving to endanger, and falsifying physical evidence in addition to earlier charges of three counts of trafficking in drugs.

Cox and two other people made their initial appearances Friday in Knox County Unified Court following their arrests.

Justice Daniel Billings agreed with the request of Assistant Attorney General John Risler to keep bail at $50,000 cash for Cox. Billings authorized the court to appoint her an attorney until it is determined whether she qualifies financially for a court-appointed lawyer.

According to an affidavit filed by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in court., Cox was at the driver's seat of a car in which Derrick Presha, 38, of Buffalo, N.Y., had been a passenger. Presha had gone into a convenience store.

Police had followed the vehicle to the convenience store parking lot after witnessing Presha making a drug sale to a confidential police informant outside a motel in Thomaston.

As Presha left the convenience store in Warren, officers confronted the suspects and ordered them not to move.

Cox then drove away and the front passenger side of the rental car she was driving struck MDEA Special Agent Max King.

King was not injured.

As police pursued Cox, she was seen throwing out crack cocaine along Route 1. Waldoboro Police were able to stop the car by Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro and arrest her.

Agents seized four bags of crack cocaine on the floor of the car. Waldoboro Police, with the assistance of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office canine, were able to recover the bags of crack cocaine that Cox had thrown out of the car.

With the assistance of Thomaston and Rockland police, as well as the Knox County Sheriff's Office, agents conducted two consent searches at the suspects' hotel rooms in Thomaston. A total of 50 grams of crack cocaine, of which 25 rocks of crack cocaine were packed for sale, six grams of heroin and about $3,000 in cash were seized. Cox was found in possession of three different New York driver's licenses.

Presha was charged with three counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in drugs. The charges were elevated to Class A because he has a prior drug conviction from federal court in New Hampshire.

Billings set bail at $50,000 cash for Presha.

Kenneth Judkins, 31, of Waldoboro, was charged with possession of drugs, violating a condition of release and refusing to submit to arrest. He had been stopped and was meeting with the pair from New York, according to the affidavit.

Billings ordered Judkins held without bail. Judkins was scheduled to appear in court Monday, April 9, to be sentenced on a prior felony drug charge. He was free on bail and was scheduled to get a good outcome in the case in return for a sentence of three years in jail with all but eight months suspended.

The arrests came after a several-week investigation into a group of people from New York coming to the Midcoast to sell crack cocaine and heroin.

The Knox and Lincoln county sheriff's offices, Maine State Police, Thomaston Police, Waldoboro Police and Rockland Police assisted in the investigation over the last couple of weeks.

This bust comes three weeks after a New York City woman and a Buffalo, N.Y., woman were arrested in Warren on charges of dealing crack and powder cocaine.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Don Dickinson | Apr 07, 2018 14:22


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Apr 07, 2018 09:54

Intelligent looking lot.

Posted by: Gwen D Fraser | Apr 07, 2018 08:45

Great job and thank you to the Police Officers for putting their lives in danger to help get drugs off the streets. Thank You!


Posted by: johanna stadler | Apr 07, 2018 05:15

personally, I think they need to throw the book at the local scum bags encouraging these clowns to come to maine to sell their drugs.  Get them for crossing state lines or something.  Seems like federal laws are the only ones strictly enforced.

Posted by: Reggie Montgomery | Apr 06, 2018 21:55

Too bad she didn't swallow it instead of throwing it away.


Posted by: Dale Hayward | Apr 06, 2018 16:15

Send them home so we don't have to pay for their lawyers, rooms, meals, and all the rest. If only this could happen.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Apr 06, 2018 15:28

As usual. A slap on the wrist and off to commit another crime. Long sentences served might teach a lesson, if not at least get criminals of the street for a while. Just saying!

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