PARIS – A judge set bail Monday for a man accused of selling cocaine in the parking lot of the Big Apple at routes 26 and 121 in Oxford.

Robby Gene Brackett, 30, of Hebron Road in Paris, is charged with aggravated drug trafficking. Justice Robert Crowley set his bail at $1,000 cash or $10,000 surety.

According to an affidavit by agent Zane Loper of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, surveillance was set up at the store after the agency was told that Brackett was selling drugs in the parking lot.

Loper said Brackett was seen sitting in a vehicle at the store on Thursday and tried to flee when police approached him. After a short foot chase, he was arrested and found in possession of eight grams of prepackaged cocaine and $1,630 in cash.

The charge is aggravated due to Brackett’s plea last year to unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs. After responding to a report of a fight in Norway in May 2006, police found cocaine and marijuana in Brackett’s truck. Brackett was also charged with escape and theft after fleeing the scene while handcuffed, eventually making it to Rhode Island, but those charges were later dropped.

Brackett was sentenced to serve 90 days of a three-year sentence and two years of probation in March 2007.

Defense attorney Peter Rodway recommended a bail of $250 to $500, arguing that Brackett has no history of failing to appear in court. However, Crowley agreed with the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney Joe O’Connor, who said the new incident was “quite similar” to the one in 2006.

Brackett remained at the Oxford County Jail on Monday afternoon.


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