Auburn woman denies drug charge


AUBURN — A local woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of drug possession stemming from her arrest in which police said they found crack cocaine in her purse and her bra.

Angela M. Crabtree, 31, of 40 Pleasant St. denied in Androscoggin County Superior Court a Class A charge of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

A judge set bail at $5,000 cash, reduced from $10,000 cash.

If released on bail or on a custody-supervised-release bail contract, she would not be allowed to have or use alcohol or illegal drugs and would be subject to random search and testing for both, a judge said.

Police said in court records that Crabtree was driving a rental car on College Street in Lewiston when Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers approached her car and smelled burnt marijuana in it. She was told to get out of the car, which was searched. When Auburn police officer David Madore searched Crabtree’s purse, he found chunky white powder and a crack pipe. A field test revealed the powder was crack cocaine.

Crabtree cried and said she was a drug addict.

When Madore asked her whether she had any drugs in her clothes, Crabtree said she didn’t. Madore radioed for a female officer, who arrived five minutes later. She and Auburn police officer Crystal Lachance went around a corner for privacy where Crabtree pulled a plastic sandwich baggy out of her bra. That baggy contained more chunky white powder, Madore wrote in an affidavit.

A field test revealed the powder was cocaine.

In all, police seized more than 4 ounces of crack cocaine from Crabtree with a street value estimated at $12,000.

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