Alleged crack dealer indicted

ELLSWORTH — A former New York man facing attempted murder and arson charges in Penobscot County was indicted here last week on charges of trafficking in crack cocaine.

Oscar Nunez, 25, of Verona Island was indicted Feb. 7 by a Hancock County grand jury on two counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and single counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and criminal forfeiture. Class A crimes are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

The drug charges stem from a search warrant executed at Nunez’s home on West Side Drive on July 23. More than 60 grams of crack cocaine and a small-caliber handgun were seized during the search. The drug had an estimated street value of $6,600, drug agents said at the time.

Also seized during the search was a .380-caliber handgun, which led to Nunez’s indictment on the criminal forfeiture charge.

No one was at the home during the search. Nunez’s girlfriend, Ana De Los Santos, 23, arrived there two days later and was arrested on a charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. That charge was dismissed in Hancock County Superior Court in November.

In October, Nunez was charged in Penobscot County with aggravated attempted murder, arson and criminal threatening for allegedly starting a fire and shooting a gun at a home in Orrington in July.

In an affidavit in support of issuing an arrest warrant for Nunez, the man living in the Orrington home claimed Nunez was part of a gang of Hispanic drug dealers based on Ohio Street in Bangor. Nunez, the man said, took over the operation after other members of the gang had been arrested.

According to the affidavit, the Orrington man said he had been hired by Nunez. His duties included driving Nunez and another man around the area as the men allegedly sold drugs and wiring money to New York. He said the attack on his home came after he stopped working for Nunez, who later accused him of stealing Nunez’s drug customers.

A Dedham woman indicted last month along with her mother was indicted again Feb. 7 on burglary and theft charges.

According to Assistant District Attorney Mary Kellett, Lindsey Ames, 22, is accused of stealing checks from a Dedham man in September. The man discovered the burglary after checks written on his account and made out to Ames’ mother, Lori Gray, had been cashed, Kellett said.

During their investigation, police found Ames’ fingerprints in dust on furniture near where the checks were stored, Kellett said.

In December, Ames and Gray, who also lives in Dedham, were indicted on burglary and theft charges. Gray additionally was indicted on one count of violating her bail conditions and, in a separate indictment, charged with two counts of theft in connection with a March 26 incident in Dedham.

Those charges stem from an incident in October where a Dedham resident arrived home to see a suspicious vehicle leaving her driveway. Police later located the vehicle and, after executing a search warrant, found items taken from the home inside. Police also seized jewelry that was taken during the September burglary, Kellett said.

Donald Mace Jr., 28, of Bar Harbor was indicted on single counts of robbery, stealing drugs and violating the conditions of his release.

Mace is accused of entering the Rite Aid on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor on Nov. 15 and demanding drugs from an employee at the store’s pharmacy counter. According to court records, Mace made off with 184 30-milligram oxycodone tablets after presenting a note saying “Don’t make me get violent.”

Mace was arrested Dec. 4 after Bar Harbor police executed a search warrant at his apartment on Ledgelawn Avenue. During an interview later that day at the Bar Harbor police station, Mace confessed to the robbery, according to court documents.

Mace remains in custody at the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, unable to meet his bail, which has been set at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety. On Dec. 21, a Superior Court justice denied Mace’s request to have his bail lowered to $2,500 cash.

Also indicted Feb. 7 were:

• Tara Astbury, 35, Penobscot, burglary, stealing drugs.

• Donnie Badger, 39, Trenton, aggravated habitual offender, operating while under the influence (OUI), operating after revocation, operating beyond license restriction.

• Christopher Blanchette, 38, Prospect Harbor, receiving stolen property.

• Derek Conner, 26, aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, criminal restraint, violating conditions of release.

• Anderson Flach, 21, Tremont, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

• Gregory Gilley, 25, Hancock, forgery, theft, negotiating a worthless instrument, eluding an officer, violating conditions of release.

• Joel Hardy, 29, Deer Isle, reckless conduct, violating conditions of release, operating after suspension, operating without a license.

• Cameron Hicks, 25, Eastbrook, eluding an officer, driving to endanger, OUI, criminal speed.

• Kristen Kinsman, 24, Southwest Harbor, forgery, theft.

• Frank Miller, 53, Birch Harbor, aggravated assault.

• William Rayner, 41, Winter Harbor, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

• William Thurston, 18, Bar Harbor, burglary, five counts of theft.

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