November 1, 2013

Waterville drug sales near school net 10 years behind bars

Brooklyn man convicted of selling drugs near the Albert S. Hall School on Pleasant Street.

By Betty Adams
Staff Writer

A Brooklyn, N.Y., man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for dealing drugs last year near Albert S. Hall School in Waterville.

Havier Olmo, 30, who was living in Waterville at the time of the offenses, was convicted by a jury in April of six charges related to drug trafficking. The three-day trial took place in Kennebec County Superior Court.

Two of the charges carried maximum prison terms of 30 years. On Friday, Olmo was sentenced at a hearing held in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Olmo was one of four people arrested Sept. 28, 2013, in a School Street apartment after an eight-week investigation into drug trafficking, police said at the time.

Fourth- and fifth-graders attend the Albert S. Hall School on Pleasant Street.

Maeghan Maloney, district attorney in Kennebec and Somerset counties, said Friday that the sentencing judge, Justice Nancy Mills, determined an aggravating factor in the sentence analysis was that Olmo came to Maine specifically and exclusively to sell drugs. Mills also presided at the trial.

“It is my hope that this sentence will send a message that Maine is not open for the illegal drug business,” Maloney wrote by email after the hearing.

Olmo has two convictions for robbery in New York, Maloney said.

Olmo’s attorney, Verne Paradie Jr., said he will appeal both the conviction and the sentence.

“Mr. Olmo should not have had to go to trial on all 10 counts of the indictment at once,” he said Friday. “The prejudice to him of having to do so should warrant a reversal of his conviction by the law court. The sentence was also not in line with other sentences in Maine state and federal courts, and we will seek review of that as well.”

Olmo has been jailed since his arrest on Sept. 28, 2012. He was fined $2,000 in addition to the prison term.

Olmo was convicted April 25 of two counts of aggravated trafficking in oxycodone in a school zone on July 17, 2012; three counts of unlawful trafficking of oxycodone between July 19 and Sept. 28, 2012; and one count each of escape, unlawful possession of suboxone and unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, all Sept. 28, 2012.

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