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Teens arrested for motor vehicle burglaries face felony indictment in Auburn

Auburn Police reported Thursday that investigators have identified two men responsible for as many as 60-80 motor vehicle burglaries in Auburn and Lewiston over the last two months.
Police said Roy Albert, 19, of Auburn and Scott Britton, 18, of Lewiston have been interviewed and identified as the main suspects in the motor vehicle burglary spree. The pair would enter unlocked vehicles during the night and steal any property left is the vehicle, police said. The value of the property taken is estimated to be $5,000 to $10,000.10-31-14-APD-Britton
Detectives have recovered some the property stolen and are working to identify the owners of the property.
Albert and Britton were both arrested on Oct. 10 and charged with burglary of a
motor vehicle, police reported. Both plead guilty and Albert served three days in jail and Britton served 10 days in jail, police said. Once released from jail, the two continued their crime spree, police said. Detectives interviewed them earlier this week and recovered some property that had been recently been taken from motor vehicles, police reported.
Detectives will be seeking felony grand jury indictments on both men on new motor vehicle
burglary charges.10-31-14-APD-Roy

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 02:29

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Gray resident arrested on bail violation, drug charges

Angel Velez, 49, of Gray, was arrested this week on charges of aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin) and violation of conditions of release (domestic violence arrest), the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reported.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, at approximately 7:30 a.m., drug agents from the Cumberland District Task Force and the Maine State Police conducted a bail compliance check of Velez at his apartment at 31 Lewiston Road, the MDEA reported. Velez was out on bail after being arrested for domestic violence assault on June 10 in Sanford, police said. Conditions of Velez's bail were not to have contact with the victim of the assault, not to use or possess any illegal drugs and to submit to random search and testing for illegal drugs.

Agents located Velez outside his apartment where he consented to a search of his apartment, the MDEA reported. Inside the apartment agents located the victim of the domestic assault as well as their two small children, the agency reported. No drugs or contraband were discovered. When agents inquired about searching Velez's vehicle, a GMC Arcadia, Velez refused to allow a search. A State Police drug certified canine alerted to the presence of illegal drugs inside the vehicle, the MDEA reported.

Agents applied for and were granted a search warrant for the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a plastic container, and inside it agents found 120 individual bags/doses heroin, over $700 in suspected drug proceeds and Velez's State of Maine photo identification, the MDEA reported. The approximate street value of the seized heroin is $10,000.

Velez was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin), and violation of conditions of release and transported to the Cumberland County Jail where he is being held without bail. Velez was also placed on a probation hold as he was on probation from a prior felony drug possession conviction in 2013, the MDEA reported.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation or other suspected drug trafficking is asked to contact a nearby MDEA field office or call the MDEA Drug Tip Hotline at 800-452-6457.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 00:25

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Kittery man sentenced for Maine lobster-purchasing scheme

John W. Price, 59, of Kittery, was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to 45 days in prison for structuring currency transactions and for illegally purchasing lobsters, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced. Price was also fined $100,000.

Court records reveal that between 2008 and 2010, Price, the owner of J.P.'s Shellfish, a seafood distributor in Eliot, purchased lobsters for cash from a dock employee of the Spruce Head Fisherman's Co-op in South Thomaston, Delahanty reported.

Price directed his employees who withdrew the cash from the J.P.'s Shellfish business bank account not to withdraw more than $10,000 in cash at any one time, so as to avoid federal regulations requiring banks to file reports involving cash transactions of more than $10,000, Delahanty said. The dock employee who sold the lobsters to Price was not a licensed seafood dealer, making the sales illegal under Maine law. Under the federal Lacey Act, it is illegal to purchase lobsters in violation of state law.

"This scheme to transact enormous amounts of American lobster on the black market undermines the ability of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the State of Maine to sustainably manage this fishery, which is so critical to Maine's overall economy," said NOAA Special Agent in Charge Logan Gregory. "The Office of Law Enforcement will continue to work with its state and federal partners to expose these schemes and hold the participants accountable."

The charges are the result of a collaborative investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service; NOAA, Office of Law Enforcement; and the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 00:38

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Conn. man sentenced to 10 years in prison for cocaine distribution in Maine

Richard A. Kincaid III of Waterbury, Conn. was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for distributing cocaine, U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II reported.
Kincaid was also ordered to forfeit $3,906 and a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, Delahanty reported.

According to court records, on March 25 the defendant drove the Impala from Connecticut to a Bangor residence to deliver about seven ounces of cocaine to an individual there, Delahanty reported. The defendant also collected money from drug customers at the residence, he reported. Kincaid was arrested a week later when he returned to Bangor.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 00:31

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