Bail reduced for one of two men accused of drug trafficking

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PARIS — Bail was reduced Thursday in a Paris court for one of two men being held in Oxford County Jail in Paris on drug trafficking charges since last Saturday’s state police arrest in Rumford.

Oxford County Superior Court Justice Robert Clifford reduced bail from $10,000 cash to $2,500 cash for Christian L. Ogden, 22, 128 Engle Town Road, Honey Brook, Pa., who is accused of trafficking in cocaine, marijuana and dangerous knives, a deputy clerk said on Friday afternoon.

Ogden’s court-appointed defense attorney argued that his client’s bail was too high and the state prosecutor agreed, the clerk said.

However, the clerk said both Ogden and Allen C. Hold, 19, 83 Hemlock Point, Indian Township, will likely remain behind bars until arraignment pending grand jury indictment unless they can make bail.

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Arraignments in the Paris court have been tentatively scheduled for June 18.

According to an e-mail on Thursday afternoon from Trooper Paul Casey, he was driving west on Route 2 in Rumford when he stopped the car Ogden was driving at 11:50 p.m. due to an inadequate tail light.

Casey then said he arrested both men after evidence of drug trafficking turned up through investigation.

“The pair stated they obtained the drugs seized from them — 28 grams of cocaine and 16 grams of marijuana — from Bangor,” Casey said. “They stated they were en route to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire prior to being stopped.”

Casey said he called for Trooper Tyler Stevenson’s narcotics-trained dog “Ramos,” to search the car.

“Trooper Stevenson’s K-9 indicated on the vehicle several times and indicated on a backpack in the vehicle,” Casey said. “After searching the vehicle, multiple baggies containing marijuana and cocaine were located.”

Casey said Ogden had $705 in cash on him and a switchblade knife. He charged both men with felony unlawful trafficking in cocaine, and unlawful trafficking in marijuana, and then also charged Ogden with the knife crime.

Ogden and Hold were then taken to Oxford County Jail and booked at 3 a.m. on March 28.

At the pair’s initial appearance on Monday in Lewiston District Court, Judge Thomas Delahanty set bail for Ogden at $10,000 cash or $20,000 real estate, and $1,000 cash or $5,000 real estate for Hold, the Paris deputy court clerk said.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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