Police in Waterville, Maine have arrested a total of six people in two separate drug busts on Thursday. According to Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey, the arrests involved people who were considered “source-leveled”. Massey said that law enforcement is focusing on the “source-level” people or dealers in the area. He also added that arresting the dealers would disrupt the ability of some users to acquire drugs and make it difficult for them to find new sources at the same time.
In the two incidents, the drugs that were seized are said to have an estimated street value of $55,000. The first round of arrests was made Thursday morning when police arrived to search the home of 45-year-old Jesse Donovan. Donovan’s Cool Street residence was the subject of a search warrant. Donovan was seen leaving the property as police were about to initiate the search. He has stopped up the road and was arrested after police discovered 4.6 grams of crack cocaine in his possession. Meanwhile, police arrested two women: Devon Ayotte (28) and Stephanie Pelletier (26), who were both at Donovan’s home at the time. Officers were able to seize 13.3 grams of fentanyl, 7.2 grams of powdered cocaine, and 13.5 grams of crack cocaine. The total street value at that point was $5,000 in addition to the $4,800 in cash that was seized from the property.
Donovan was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking of a schedule W drug, a Class A felony in the state of Maine. He was also charged with unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs and criminal conspiracy, both of which are Class B crimes. Ayotte and Pelletier were each charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking of a Schedule W drug, one count of aggravated furnishing of scheduled drugs, a class B crime, and criminal conspiracy. Both women were listed as residents of the property in addition to Donovan. All three are currently held at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta with a cash bail set at $37,000 each. They are all scheduled to appear at the Kennebec County Superior Court on May 13th.
In the state of Maine, Class A felonies are punishable up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. Class B felonies are punishable up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Later that afternoon, police made the second round of arrests after obtaining enough probable cause to believe that illegal drug activity was happening at a residence on Francis Street. Police arrested the homeowner, 43-year-old Eric Spaulding. Meanwhile, two men were found in an upstairs bedroom and later were arrested. They were identified as 24-year-old Shahid Golden of Bronx, New York and 29-year-old Darrell Lawrence of Easton, Pennsylvania. During the search of Spaulding’s home, police were able to find 114.6 grams of fentanyl, 268.3 grams of powdered cocaine and 99.8 grams of crack cocaine. The total street value was estimated to be around $50,000. All three men have been charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs (Class A felonies), criminal conspiracy (Class B), and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, a Class D misdemeanor. They are also currently being held at the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta and will appear at the Kennebec Superior Court on May 13th. Spaulding’s bail was set at $37,000 while bail for Golden and Lawrence was set to $100,000 each.