Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that Sylas Way, 44, Elijah Blake, 26, Keon Baptiste-Harris, 35, Jamie Perry, 46, and Davontae Perrybrooks, 26, all currently residing in Lewiston, were arrested and charged today by criminal complaint in U.S. District Court with distribution of cocaine base, commonly known as “crack.”
According to the complaints, the charges arose from an investigation into crack trafficking in Lewiston.
If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.
Baptise-Harris made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court today at 10:30 a.m. The other defendants are expected to make initial appearances in U.S. District Court later today starting at 2:00 p.m.
The investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s Southern Maine Gang Task Force; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Marshals Service; the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency; the Maine State Police; and the Lewiston Police Department.
A criminal complaint is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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Source: U.S. ATF, atf.gov