Hot-line tip leads to arrests of suspected drug dealers in Lewiston

Matt Cashman, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency

This stash of drugs, money and electronics was taken in a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency raid on Bates Street in Lewiston on Friday.

LEWISTON — Two women and a man from New York were arrested Thursday as police and drug agents investigated reports of trafficking on West Bates Street.

Maine State Police

Curtis Garner, 32, of New York City

Maine State Police

Dominique Liggins, 20, of Utica, N.Y.

Maine State Police

Delilia Perez, 24, Bronx, N.Y.

The trio remained jailed on Friday, charged with dealing crack cocaine and oxycodone in the Lewiston area.

One of the suspects had recently been paroled on a conviction of manslaughter in New York.

Delilia Perez, 24, of the Bronx, Dominique Liggins, 20, of Utica and Curtis Garner, 32, of New York City were arrested late Thursday afternoon off West Bates Street. Each was charged with two counts of trafficking in illegal drugs.

According to a press release from the Department of Public Safety, Maine Drug Enforcement agents from the Lewiston Task Force office received information over the past week that the three would be traveling to Lewiston from New York City to sell crack cocaine and prescription pills. Police say the three appeared to be selling drugs out of their car after making a number of phone calls.

Agents from the MDEA coordinated with Lewiston police as the investigation got under way.

According to the press release, agents found 104.6 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of $10,000; 422 oxycodone pills with a street value of $8,500; 20 oxymorphone pills with a street value of $800; and $3,500 in cash.

Agents also confiscated nine cell phones, believed to have been used by the suspects as they coordinated their drug sales.

The three were being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on Friday each in lieu of $25,000 bail. They are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

Garner was on parole for a first-degree manslaughter conviction in New York.

According to the MDEA, Thursday's arrests are not the end of the operation.

Agents were tipped to the trio of suspected drug dealers when they got information left on the MDEA hot line, Supervisor Matt Cashman said.

He said more arrests are likely as the agency targets men and women who move drugs into the Lewiston area.

"We'll be working with the local police departments to combat this kind of activity," Cashman said.

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Crooks

Good job getting them off the streets...Keep the drugs in NY and out of Maine...It already has enough...

Garry Robitaille's picture

you got me alll wrong

I said NO racial Profiling. facts were 3 folks in living in a car. any cop should toss it, oh a tip on the hot line great pull them over.
they are from NY search the car just for that. And they looked like low life thugs.
let's see that is situational profiling, location profiling, observatioal profiling, and just plain you had a tip. For the record I support racial profiling, just another tool in the tool box.

Bob Woodbury's picture

So you...

...would let them go because they are victims.

Garry Robitaille's picture

you got me alll wrong

I said NO racial Profiling. facts were 3 folks in living in a car. any cop should toss it, oh a tip on the hot line great pull them over.
they are from NY search the car just for that. And they looked like low life thugs.
let's see that is situational profiling, location profiling, observatioal profiling, and just plain you had a tip. For the record I support racial profiling, just another tool in the tool box.

KATHRYN PENDLETON's picture

It would be nice

If the number for the MDEA hotline wouldbe published everywhere in the area.

Charlotte Morin's picture

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?...RACIAL PROFILING?

If you are insinuating that this has anything to do with racial profiling Gary, maybe you've been doing some of those drugs.

Get the bums off the streets - good job!!! Go back to NY and stay there!

Garry Robitaille's picture

hmm

OK no racial profiling.

Kim Berry's picture

WTH R U TALKING ABOUT?

R U trying to distract people from the crimes commited and the actual story by playing the "racial card?"

come ON!

I will take the time to go ahead and re read the entire thing, to see if I can find the supposed "racial profiling" ok?

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