ALFRED — A Buxton man faces up to 30 years in prison for drug crimes and more after he was found guilty following a bench trial at York County Superior Court Monday. The trial had begun two weeks ago but was halted because a a witness for the prosecution, a chemist, was in the hospital and so it was re-scheduled.

Justice Paul Fritzsche found Dale Pinkham Sr., 54, guilty of three counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was also ordered to forfeit firearms and cash seized by law enforcement during the course of the execution of a search warrant.

Three counts of possession of marijuana were dismissed.

The aggravated trafficking charges stem from an incident in early December, 2013, where Buxton Police and drug agents seized heroin, about five pounds of marijuana, cash and several firearms from the Pinkham residence on Hurlin Smith Road. Police, investigating an assault, had obtained a warrant to arrest Dale Pinkham Sr, and his son Dale Jr., both of Buxton. Raymond Pinkham of Gorham was also arrested that day n connection with the alleged theft of a firearm.

Dale Pinkham Jr. is scheduled for trial early next year on charges stemming from the incident.

The elder Pinkham was arrested again, in October this year, as Buxton Police and Cumberland County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve a search warrant at the Pinkham home for a computer and a handgun, according to a news release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. Pinkham Sr. was charged with violating conditions of release, endangering the welfare of a child and creating a police standoff.

Pinkham Sr. is scheduled for sentencing at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 5 at York County Superior Court.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]



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