2012-02-14 / Front Page

Quartet indicted for drug felonies

BY BETH BROGAN Times Record Staff


The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office on Friday announced the indictments of three individuals for felony trafficking in a variety of illegal drugs.

The indictments stem from unrelated incidents that allegedly occurred in Brunswick between October and December 2011.

A fourth man was indicted for possession of drugs with criminal forfeiture in connection to a Sept. 9, 2011, drug raid on Tufton Street.

James Brawn, 25, of Brunswick, was indicted on a Class A felony count of aggravated trafficking in oxycodone and two Class B counts of trafficking in oxycodone.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, working with the Bath and Brunswick police departments, conducted two drug buys of oxycodone from Brawn in October and November, Brunswick Police Detective Rich Cutliffe said Monday.

The first buy, in October, allegedly took place at Brawn’s residence at the time, in the Cook’s Corner area, within 1,000 feet of the Androscoggin River Bike Path, a designated drug-free safe zone. The proximity to the drug free-zone resulted in the elevated charge of aggravated trafficking.

Cutliffe declined to identify the location of the second alleged buy, which he said took place in November.

Tiffany Morin, 23, whose last known address was 986 Harpswell Islands Road, Harpswell, also was indicted last week on two Class B felony counts of trafficking in scheduled drugs — namely crack cocaine, Cutliffe said.

Undercover agents allegedly purchased rocks of crack cocaine from Morin on two separate occasions in October 2011, once near Perryman Village in the Cook’s Corner area and another time in a different, undisclosed location.

The Maine Drug Enforce- ment Agency, working with Brunswick, Bath and Topsham police and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff ’s Office, conducted the investigation that led to Morin’s arrest.

A Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigation also resulted in the indictment of Scott Davis, 28, most recently of 1239 Washington St., Bath, on three Class B felony counts of trafficking in scheduled drugs — namely heroin, according to Cutliffe. State drug investigators again worked with Brunswick and Bath police detectives and Sagadahoc Count Sheriff ’s Office.

A confidential informant allegedly bought a half-gram of heroin from Davis on three separate occasions during the first two weeks of December, Cutliffe said. All three buys allegedly took place in the Cook’s Corner area.

Davis was arrested following the third alleged purchase, on Dec. 14, and released on $5,000 unsecured bail, according to Cutliffe.

Also on Friday, the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office announced that 32-year-old Errol Holden of New York City was indicted for Class C felony possession of scheduled drugs — Oxycontin — with criminal forfeiture.

Holden was arrested Sept. 9, 2011, after agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, working with Brunswick and Bath police departments, executed a search warrant at 28 Tufton St.

Police found roughly 18 “rocks” of crack cocaine, in individual packets, along with 77 30- milligram oxycodone pills, 16 Suboxone pills, an SKS assault rifle, a 12- gauge tactical shotgun, ammunition for each, and about $5,800 in cash, MDEA supervisor Jim Pease said at the time.

As a result of the incident, Lena Pelkey of Brunswick was indicted on four Class A felony counts of aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine. George “Danny” Elwell, also of Brunswick, and two New York men, Lavar Coard and Kristian Adams, were each charged with Class B and lesser felonies.

“We got information during interviews after the search warrant that Holden was in charge of selling the Oxycontin,” Cutliffe said Monday, adding that police allegedly seized more than $ 4,500 in cash from Holden.

Holden was initially charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, but was indicted instead for Class C felony possession of scheduled drugs with criminal forfeiture.


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