Lewiston man denies drug charges

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LEWISTON — A local man denied charges Monday of selling crack cocaine last winter.

Sharod Nunes appears in Lewiston District Court on Monday. (Daryn Slover/Sun Journal)

Sharod Nunes, 39, of 125 College St. entered not guilty pleas in 8th District Court to two counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, both Class A felonies, each punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

According to an indictment handed up in May by an Androscoggin County grand jury, Nunes sold crack Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 to a confidential informant for $50 and $100, respectively. Because Nunes has a 2007 conviction from Worcester, Massachusetts, for distribution of controlled substance, his current charges were upgraded.

He was appointed a lawyer by the judge.

Prosecutors were seeking to have bail set at $10,000 cash, but Judge Rick Lawrence set bail at $5,000.

Police picked up Nunes on a warrant over the weekend after he had used false identification.

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Nunes has prior convictions for drug possession, domestic violence assault and reckless conduct with a firearm.

Defense attorney Kelly Mcmorran said Nunes has lived locally for eight years, has a girlfriend and 5-year-old son in Lewiston and is working to rehabilitate an apartment for a local landlord.

Lawrence placed conditions on Nunes’ bail, including no possession of alcohol and illegal drugs, for which he can be searched and tested at random.

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