Auburn man pleads not guilty to drug charges

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AUBURN — A local man denied drug charges Tuesday in the drive-by shooting of the building in which he lived.

Gary Wallace, 26, of 14 Newbury St. was arrested and charged with felony possession and trafficking of drugs the night after that building was sprayed with gunfire.

He was indicted in January by an Androscoggin County grand jury on a charge of attempted aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, a Class B felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He also was indicted on a count of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in Androscoggin County Superior Court. His bail was set at $5,000 cash, reduced from $15,000.

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Were he released on bail, he would be barred from having or using alcohol or illegal drugs and having a dangerous weapon. He would have to submit to random search and testing for those banned items.

Police said Wallace was living on the first floor of the building when it was hit by roughly a dozen rounds at about 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 6. The bullets punched holes in windows, a door and walls of the front of the building behind a Big Apple store.

No injuries were reported.

Investigators said they found crack cocaine, marijuana and nearly $3,500 in drug money in the apartment where Wallace was living. Other tenants in the apartment were a woman and her children, but people were seen entering and leaving the apartment at all hours of the day and night, police said.

Witnesses described a blue SUV fleeing the scene from Newbury Street shortly after the shooting, police said.

cwilliams@sunjournal.com

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