Monday, April 21, 2014
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling firstname.lastname@example.org
FAIRFIELD — Three young men who were honor roll students and athletes now face multiple drug charges after police said they confiscated crack, marijuana, and psychedelic mushrooms from the men's home.
Fairfield Police Chief Tom Gould said the search was part of a four-month-long investigation into suspected drug activity at the house, which is the home of Kristian Addison, 19, Dustin Cadogan, 23, and Bryant Wade, 19.
Officers from the Fairfield and Oakland police departments searched the home at 1 Connor Ave. Wednesday at 7:15 a.m., according to Gould.
Police said they seized 3 grams of crack cocaine, 14.5 grams of psychedelic mushrooms, and about 2 ounces of processed marijuana, most of which was in the bedrooms of the men, according to Gould.
Addison was charged with possession of cocaine; possession of the mushrooms; possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of marijuana. The cocaine charge is a class B crime, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The mushroom charge is a class C crime, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The other two charges are misdemeanors, punishable by fines.
Cadogan was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, and trafficking in marijuana. The marijuana trafficking charge is a class C crime, while the other two charges are misdemeanors.
Wade was summoned on charges of furnishing marijuana; and sale and use of drug paraphernalia, both class D crimes that are punishable by up to 364 days incarceration and a $2,000 fine.
The charges were elevated, Gould said, because the home is located within 1,000 feet of the Lawrence High School, where all three suspects once made the honor rolls and participated in athletic events.
None of the men has faced significant charges in the past, although Addison was fined $100 in Waterville District Court for possession of tobacco products at the age of 17, and Cadogan was fined $200 in Waterville District Court in 2010 for consuming liquor at the age of 20.
In 2005, Addison and Wade won a basketball championship together, playing in Fairfield's Police Athletic League as fifth graders, and both were winning pitchers during youth baseball competitions.
Addison played basketball throughout middle school, and made the honor roll at Lawrence High School in 2010.
In 2007, at the age of 12, Wade was the top hip hop dancer at the Dance America/Dance Olympus Competition, where he represented a local dance studio.
Wade often made the honor roll at the high school, and at the Mid-Maine Technical Center, where he earned four electrical technology certifications. He became a key football player while representing Lawrence in the Pine Tree Conference's class A division. Wade went on to play football for Husson University's Eagles in 2012.
Cadogan, too, succeeded academically in high school, frequently making the honor roll or the high honor roll. He also received honors at Mid Maine Technical Center in 2007 and 2008, the year he graduated from both the center and high school. Cadogan also was a track and field athlete, where he competed in shot put and discus events.
"If you look across the nation, with athletes and professionals, I don't think there's really any line separating people in that situation," Gould said. "It's not unusual."
Addison and Cadogan were arrested and booked at the Fairfield police department before being released on an unsecured $1,000 bond. Wade, who faces lesser charges, was not taken into custody.
All three are scheduled to appear in Skowhegan District Court on Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.
Matt Hongoltz-Hetling — 861-9287