December 20, 2013

Most Augusta drug bust suspects held on high bail

Gang ties cited in court affidavit of bust at Penley Street home that had been under investigation for a while.

By Betty Adams badams@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

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Bail for the following defendants was set at $50,000 cash:

• Nathaniel Taylor, 19, of 5th Avenue, New York;

• Tyshawn Mack, 21, of West Main Street, Bath;

• Darvent Cummings, 22, of East Stroudsburg, Pa. He was released from the Maine prison system on Dec. 4.

• Riquell Lindo, 20, of Stroudsburg, Pa. Wastella’s affidavit also says Lindo sold two bundles (20 single doses) of heroin and a gram of cocaine on Feb. 28 in Richmond as part of a police sting involving a confidential informant.

The judge set bail for Kenya Evans, 20, of Stroudsburg, Pa., at $10,000 cash.

Bail for Shaquanna Jones, 18, of Mount Pocono, Pa., was set at $5,000 cash. Sibley and Whittier told the judge that Jones has family support, no criminal history, and is scheduled to begin college in January.

Jones was the only defendant who had family members in the courtroom watching the hearing.

Ryan Minoty, 21, of Augusta, who police said came to the house 20 minutes before the bust, was charged with unlawful possession of heroin and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on $1,500 unsecured bail.

“Minoty admitted to being an addict and stated he was at the residence to purchase heroin,” Wastella said.

Wastella’s affidavit said Pennsylvania probation and parole officers as well as drug agents there confirmed that Cummings, Lindo, Mack and Wilkins are members of the Black P. Stones, which is also affiliated with the P Stone Nation and Bloods street gang.

“The Black P. Stones had begun moving gang members to the central Maine area approximately two years ago,” with the aim of selling illegal drugs, Wastella said.

 

Betty Adams — 621-5631badams@centralmaine.comTwitter: @betadams

 

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