LEWISTON — Police from a variety of agencies Wednesday night arrested 14 people and took guns and an estimated $19,000 worth of drugs off the streets.

In the first Operation Hot Spots of the spring, police said the sweep resulted in arrests for a variety of offenses, including probation holds and warrants.

“The drug seizures included 600 ‘tickets,’ or dosage units of heroin as well as an additional 4.4 grams of heroin and 4.5 grams of crack cocaine,” according to a news release. “As part of the investigation, two handguns and a shotgun were confiscated, two of which had been reported stolen. In addition to the illegal drugs, numerous items relating to a drug trafficking operation were located and seized along with $9,863 of suspected drug proceeds.”

The operation involved more than 20 police and drug agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Central Maine Violent Crime Task Force and members of the Maine Department of Probation and Parole.

Two New York men were charged with dealing drugs. Nera James, 37, and Iniram Castro, 19, both of Brooklyn, were each charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin and cocaine.

Those arrested on warrants were:

• Eddie Laguerre, 45, of Lewiston, on a charge of failure to appear in court on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

• Gregory Holmgaard, 42, of Lewiston, on a charge of being a fugitive from justice and on New York warrants charging grand larceny.

• Dashawn Jackson, 28, of Lewiston, on a charge of failure to pay fines and fees.

Those arrested on probation holds were:

• Calvin Powell, 25, of Auburn;

• David Paquette, 40, of Lewiston;

• Walton Shattuck, 60, of Lewiston;

• Clifford Clark, 43, of Lewiston;

• Lester Good, 40, of Lewiston;

• Joanna Sherrer, 36, of Lewiston;

• Jennifer Nelson, 45, of Lewiston.

Additionally, Desiree Child, 26, of Lewiston, was charged with violating conditions of release and Luis Torres, 40, of Lewiston, was charged with unlawful drug possession.

Cash, drugs and other items seized in Wednesday’s police sweep in Lewiston.


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