LEWISTON — A judge set cash bail at $20,000 Friday for a local transient charged with trafficking heroin near a public school.

Abshir Jama, 23, a fugitive from Minnesota, was arrested Thursday by drug agents who had followed Jama during sales of the drug, according to a sworn affidavit.

Heidi Pushard, who represented Jama in 8th District Court, said the date of birth on the police complaint was not her client’s birthday. But Judge Rick Lawrence said probable cause had been established to charge Jama with aggravated trafficking in a scheduled drugs, a Class A crime punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

According to the affidavit, police and drug agents began investigating after receiving reports of drug dealing, prostitution or both being conducted at an apartment at 99 Webster St.

Assistant District Attorney Patricia Reynolds Regan was seeking $40,000 cash bail for Jama. Pushard asked for $1,000 cash bail if Jama was supervised by a local agency. Lawrence agreed to $5,000 cash bail with that supervision.

If released from jail, Jama is barred from leaving the state, using illegal drugs, having dangerous weapons and having contact with two co-defendants.

He is wanted on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Minnesota on a probation violation in connection with a burglary conviction.

An Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office deputy said Jama’s identity was confirmed through fingerprinting.


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