Crack cocaine seized; police nab 5 suspects

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LIVERMORE FALLS – Five people face aggravated trafficking in cocaine charges after police stopped a vehicle they were in late Sunday night on Knapp Street for inspection violations.

Police seized 60 grams of crack cocaine that has an estimated street value of $6,000, police Lt. Thomas Gould said Monday.

Jessica M. Zamudio, 27, of Jay, Maurice S. Young, 24, of Boston, Chelanjei Greene, 24, of Dorchester, Mass., Gerald S. Sturtevant, 43, of Jay, and Jennifer M. Goodwin, 29, of Livermore Falls were arrested on charges of aggravated trafficking in scheduled W drugs, crack cocaine, Gould said.

The charges were aggravated, Gould said, because of the amount of the drug and the type.

Gould said he and officer Maurice Drouin stopped the vehicle owned and operated by Zamudio at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, he said.

After suspicions were raised, officers conducted an investigation that resulted in the seizure of the cocaine, which had been driven up from Massachusetts, Gould said.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputy David Rackliffe and his police dog Odin were called in to search the vehicle and its occupants, Gould said. The officers were assisted at the scene by Jay police officer Stephen Wilkinson and Cpl. Jeffrey Fournier, he said.

The five prisoners were taken to Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.

Zamudio and Goodwin were each held on $10,000 cash or $25,000 worth of real estate and Chelanjei, Young and Sturtevant were each held on $3,500 cash, Gould said.

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