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Warren man charged with drug, gun offenses

By Stephen Betts | Aug 19, 2020
Photo by: Knox County Jail Edward M. Hidalgo

Rockland — A 33-year-old Warren man is behind bars after police said he was dealing cocaine out of his Forest Road residence.

Edward M. Hidalgo was arrested Monday evening, Aug. 17, by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Bail was initially set at $60,000 cash. He made his initial appearance Aug. 19 in the Knox County court, where Judge Paul Mathews agreed to the request by Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Baroody to set bail at $50,000 cash. Mathews said the possession of two firearms, Hidalgo's criminal record and the seriousness of the new charges warranted the high bail.

Hidalgo has four drug convictions in New York from 2010 to 2016.

According to an affidavit filed in court by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the MDEA had been receiving information for the past two months about drug dealing out of the rented residence in which Hidalgo was living.

Police eventually stopped a woman who left the residence for a bail check and she admitted she was buying cocaine from Hidalgo for the past two months.

Officers went to the home and secured it until they obtained a search warrant from the court.

In the house was found 52 grams of cocaine base, 87 small individual packets of cocaine and two handguns — a 9 millimeter handgun, and a loaded .357-cailber revolver, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. A ledger of the drug sales was also found along with scales.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Stephen Betts | Aug 20, 2020 08:57

Valerie, all these police reports are made available to the defendants.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 20, 2020 07:44

Was it necessary to report that a woman told on the dealer?  Wouldn't that put her life in possible danger?

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Aug 19, 2020 19:49

Four drug convictions in New York so instead of dealing with his lawlessness he moves here to destroy lives.

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