AUBURN — Corey Lamontagne went to court Thursday to face accusations that he stole a tractor from an equipment supply company in April.
The 34-year-old Leeds man still faces those charges. When he got to court Thursday morning, Lamontagne was greeted by a team of agents who arrested him on more than a half-dozen drug charges.
Lamontagne was at the Androscoggin County Jail on Thursday night on the new counts of aggravated drug trafficking. His criminal history is extensive, including a drug connection to a man who murdered a man, woman and their two daughters in New Jersey in 2005.
He is scheduled to be arraigned in Androscoggin County Superior Court on the drug charges Tuesday, May 31.
And at the start of this year, Lamontagne was charged with keeping a dangerous dog after his pit bull attacked a llama in Monmouth.
Police say Lamontagne’s recent legal woes began in April when he stole a tractor from Wallingford Machinery in Auburn. Investigators say his plan was foiled when he tried to sell the Kubota tractor to undercover drug agents.
Lamontagne was charged with theft when he rode the tractor out of the woods wearing a backpack police say was full of drugs.
According to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Supervisor Gerry Baril, those drugs were later tested at the state health lab in Augusta. It was determined that Lamontagne had been carrying 22 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, 58 Ecstasy tablets, 375 tabs of methadone and 76 of the painkiller Dilaudid.
Police said the drugs would have been worth about $8,300 on the street. Lamontagne was indicted on the drug charges at the start of May, but until he showed up in court on Thursday, police had been unable to find him.
Lamontagne has previous convictions for dealing in cocaine in 2000 and 2002. Investigators say Lamontagne was part of a drug ring with former Lewiston resident Edward McDonald.
In January 2005, McDonald, then 25, bound and gagged an Egyptian couple and their two children in Jersey City. He then stabbed each, including the 9- and 16-year-old girls, to death.
McDonald was convicted and sentenced to 300 years in prison.
Lamontagne was not connected to the murders in New Jersey. But police said he and McDonald ran drugs for a family that operated a major drug operation out of Auburn last decade.
On New Year’s Eve, Lamontagne’s two pit bulls attacked a 20-year-old llama at the Snafu Acres Farm on Tillson Road.
Police found and charged Lamontagne days later. He was ordered to pay nearly $400 to the owner of the llama and to pay a similar amount in fines. He apologized to the owner of the llama, which survived the attack.