Courtesy of Maine Public Safety
The Maine State Police, working with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested 112 people in southern Maine during March, all on outstanding arrest warrants. In all, 183 charges were lodged against those arrested, including 44 felonies. The arrests took place in Oxford, Androscoggin, Cumberland and York counties on warrants generated from Maine and U.S. District courts.
Maine State Police assigned four troopers to the effort to locate the fugitives and additional troopers were utilized to make the arrests. A number of people had outstanding warrants for drug possession, firearms possession, as well as probation and bail violations. Troopers also recovered a stolen automobile and found a marijuana growing operation during the month long effort.
Lt. Louis Nyitray, Commanding Officer of Troop A in Alfred, said ignoring outstanding charges or sentences only worsens the legal problems for those charged. Many of the fugitives were arrested for failing to pay fines or failing to appear in court. They told troopers that they either did not have the money to pay fines or had no way to get to court on their scheduled dates, which resulted in warrants being issued.
"Communication with the court is critical when issues arise, and most times, alternative arrangements can be made, " Nyitray said.
"This type of arrest operation is about holding law violators accountable for their actions. The US Marshal Serivce and State Police take the responsibility seriously of bringing those skofflaws to justice to ensure the integrity of the judicial system," said Noel March, U.S. Marshall for Maine.
The following were among those arrested:
Francis Johnson, 26, of Biddeford was arrested at a motel in Saco on warrants for eluding a police officer and domestic violence terrorizing. Johnson was in possession of three replica firearms and twenty rounds of 9mm ammunition. Because he is a convicted felon with a violent history in Connecticut, the investigation has been turned over to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms where Johnson will be prosecuted in Federal Court. It is a federal crime to be in possession of ammunition if you are a convicted felon. Johnson was also with his wife at the time of his arrest which was a violation of his bail conditions from a previous arrest. Bail was set at over $10,000.
Christie Adams, 24, of Old Orchard Beach was arrested at her home in Old Orchard on a warrant for aggravated drug trafficking and probation violation. Bail was set at $10,000. Adams was also found hiding crack cocaine and prescription pills in her boot. Police also seized $800 from her. Her boyfriend, Zakira Yousef, 21, of Old Orchard Beach, was also arrested for hindering apprehension when he would not let officer’s into the home to arrest Adams, police said. His bail was set at $500.
Victor Sampson, 35, of Hollis was arrested at his home in Hollis on a fugitive from justice warrant as he was wanted out of Rockingham County, New Hampshire for heroin possession. No bail was allowed. Sampson was also wanted out of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department for operating under habitual offender status, operating under the influence, and failure to give correct name to law enforcement. Bail on these warrants were set at $1,195.
Joseph Denbow, 45, of South Paris, was arrested at his home in South Paris on numerous warrants for operating after habitual offender, domestic violence assault, terrorizing, and probation violation. No bail was allowed and Denbow has since been sentenced to serve four years in the Maine State Prison. He was found hiding in basement of residence, according to police.
Robert Johnson, 37, of Fryeburg, was arrested at a residence in Fryeburg. He was wanted for several months after he stopped reporting to his probation officer. Was wanted for probation violation for burglary and theft by receiving stolen firearms. No bail was allowed.
Matthew Nadeau, 27, of Old Orchard Beach, was arrested in Saco on warrants from the State Police and Portland Police Department for aggravated forgery, operating after suspension, criminal simulation, theft, and providing a false name to police. Bail was set at $1,790. Nadeau had been wanted by State Police for several months after being stopped on the Maine Turnpike and giving a false name and information to a trooper. He also was in possession of heroin at the time of his arrest. Nadeau later bailed himself out of jail and is now wanted again on new drug charges. Heather Smith, 26, of Exeter, was charged with possession of heroin.
Derek and Jason Berube, 23-year-old twin brothers of Hollis, were arrested at their home on burglary warrants from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. Bail set at $560. for each brother.
Micheal Decelle, 27, of Porter, was arrested on warrants in Porter from the Biddeford Police Department for theft and theft by deception. Bail was set at $11,500. Decelle initially provided a false name to police and then fled from officers and was arrested and additionally charged with violation of bail, refusal to submit to arrest, and providing a false name to police.
While looking for a wanted individual at a motel in Saco, officers arrested a Jamison Snyder, 39, of Biddeford, and Kasandra Petebella, 29, of Saco,who were in possession of crack cocaine. Snyder was charged with class B aggravated drug trafficking and Petebella faced an additional charge of violation of bail from a previous arrest.
While looking for a wanted individual at home in Biddeford, police charged a James Craig, 64, of Biddeford, with felony drug trafficking in a school zone. Items at the house and large amount of marijuana indicated Craig was dealing marijuana close to an elementary school located nearby.
While looking for person in Arundel, troopers located a marijuana growing operation instead. Michael Binette, 37, of Arundel was summoned for cultivation of marijuana. Police seized 102 marijuana plants and growing equipment in the house. The wanted individual police were looking for no longer lived at the home.
Police located a stolen motor vehicle parked in a driveway in Brunswick while looking for another person. That vehicle was being used to transport drugs and was seized and returned to the rightful owner. Lacey Armstrong, 24, of Biddeford, was not at home but was arrested later in the month in Freeport on a warrant from the Saco Police Department for robbery.