Gamache denies drug charge

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AUBURN — Professional boxer Steven Gamache pleaded not guilty Thursday to having two tablets of a painkiller without a prescription.

Gamache, 29, of Manhattan appeared in Androscoggin County Superior Court in the morning where he denied the charge of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, a Class D violation punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

A judge kept his bail at $300 cash and his bail conditions the same. He can be stopped and searched at any time — along with his vehicle — for alcohol or illegal drugs and also be tested for their use. His home can be searched, but only if possession and use of alcohol or illegal drugs is suspected.

Gamache was arrested on Washington Street in November following a routine traffic stop, police said. The officer who made the stop found two hydrocodone pills, for which Gamache had no prescription.

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Police said Gamache told the arresting officer a co-worker had given him the pills to treat an unspecified medical condition. Hydrocodone is an opiate derivative found in the popular painkiller Vicodin.

Gamache has a boxing record of 4-0. He’s undefeated and scheduled to fight again later this month, according to Joey Gamache, a two-time world champion and Steven’s father.

In professional boxing circles, Gamache is considered a rising star. He returned to the ring in 2010 after a six-year hiatus, during which time he graduated with a degree in business management from Berkeley College in New York.

Gamache was hoping to make his boxing debut in Lewiston in 2010, but those plans were derailed by a 2007 law that made prizefighting illegal in Maine.

His most recent bout was in late October when he defeated Jose Angel Ortiz by unanimous decision.

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