From staff reports

Four men and one woman from Massachusetts, New York and Maine were charged Thursday with trafficking drugs after a joint investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Bangor police.

Drug agents and police stopped a car on South Park Street in Bangor late Thursday as part of an investigation of a group responsible for distributing crack cocaine and other drugs in Greater Bangor, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Officers seized about 135 grams of cocaine base or crack cocaine, about 8 grams of MDMA, commonly referred to as ecstasy, and $1,200 in cash during the stop, he said.

The following persons were arrested:

n Richard “Porter” Raymond, 23, of Boston, was charged with two counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs and Class B unlawful possession of schedule W drugs. Raymond, who has a prior drug conviction, was also wanted on an outstanding warrant in Maine for unpaid fines for a drug offense. He is also wanted in Massachusetts on a charge of auto theft.

n Lakeem “Santana” McFadden, 32, of Brockton, Massachusetts, was charged with two counts of Class A trafficking in schedule W drugs. McFadden also has a prior drug conviction.

n Taleek McFadden, also known as “Peasley” and “Dante,” 27, of Brooklyn, New York, was charged with aggravated Class A trafficking in schedule W drugs. He is also wanted on an outstanding federal probation warrant in New York on a charge of cocaine trafficking.

n Patrick Whipple, 37, of Bangor, was charged with two counts of Class A trafficking in schedule W drugs, one aggravated. Whipple has a prior drug conviction.

n Katherine White, 63, of Hampden, was charged with Class B trafficking in schedule W drugs and Class D possession of schedule W drugs.

The five were taken to the Penobscot County Jail and were scheduled to appear in Bangor Unified Court on Friday afternoon.


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