December 18, 2012

Accused Augusta heroin trafficker claims mistaken identity

Saturday's Augusta and Belgrade drug busts turn up additional facts, and questions, on suspects.

By Betty Adams
Staff Writer

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Norton is charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, which each carry maximum prison terms of 30 years. Marden set her bail was set at $5,000 cash, and bail conditions ban her from contact with the co-defendants.

Terrell D. Washington, 23, of Bronx, N.Y., is charged with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. He was arrested after police reported finding more than 100 bags of heroin in his Augusta hotel room. Wastella's affidavit said Washington admitted the heroin was his, and he too was reported going to and from Norton's apartment.

Washington remains in jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

In a separate case also investigated by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigators, Jeffery Pease, 41, of Union is charged with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, which carries a maximum 10 year prison sentence, and illegal importation of drugs.

An affidavit by agent Daniel Ames says Pease was driving between his home and Lawrence, Mass., to pick up 30-milligram oxycodone pills on Sunday. Pease was arrested Sunday night when he stopped at a gas station in Gardiner. Ames said police found 97 oxycodone pills in the vehicle and Pease admitted selling oxycodone pills that he obtains from a supplier in Lawrence.

Marden set Pease's bail at $1,000 cash and a Maine Pretrial Services contract with conditions that he have no alcohol or drugs and abide by a 9 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew.

Betty Adams -- 621-5631

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