Two women from New York, Warren man accused of dealing crack cocaine

By Stephen Betts | Mar 16, 2018

Warren — Two women from New York and a Warren man are behind bars after police arrested them Thursday evening, March 15, on charges of dealing crack and powdered cocaine.

Raquel Renfro, 18, of New York City, and Shaundrea Fuller, 20, of Buffalo, N.Y., were charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, according to paperwork filed in Knox County Unified Court.

Joseph W. Malburg, 51, of Warren, was also charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs.

All three were taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland. Bail for Renfro and Fuller was set at $50,000 cash. Malburg's bail was set at $2,500 cash.

The suspects made their initial appearance in court Friday afternoon. Judge Paul Mathews asked the reason for the large disparity in bail for the suspects and why it was recommended for continuation at the hearing. Assistant Attorney General John Risler said Malburg is a lifelong Maine resident and there was no fear he would flee the jurisdiction, but that the two New York residents had no ties to Maine.

The three were arrested at a residence on Route 1 in Warren near the Waldoboro town line, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Supervisory Agent James Pease. The women had been under investigation for the past three to four weeks on suspicion of selling drugs in the area, Pease said.

A warrant was obtained and a search pf the residence rented by Malburg was done Thursday evening. Fifty-five grams of crack cocaine was seized, Pease said. Half of the drug was packaged for resale. Ten grams of powdered cocaine was also seized, he said.

The charges were aggravated because of the amount of drugs.

Agents -- assisted by the Knox County Sheriff's Office -- also recovered $1,000 in cash. Some was money paid by an undercover individual as part of a controlled drug buy.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Mar 17, 2018 05:21

Malburg has been in and out of trouble since he was very young. Sad he didn't turn his life around when he had the chance.

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 16, 2018 15:24

Somehow these criminals just walk from most charges and get out with little time served. Maybe there should be required maximum incarceration for the destruction they cause by selling drugs to the population. Many, many years with some long period of service to help society and perhaps teach them something.

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