Turner man indicted in massive drug bust in Lewiston

August 29th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND — A Turner man faces several federal charges connected to a massive drug bust in February.

Andrew Waite, 29, of Turner was indicted in U.S. District Court on charges of illegal possession of a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, illegal possession of an unregistered silencer and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

In February, local, state and federal law enforcement agents searched more than 20 sites in Androscoggin County — including Waite’s Nezinscott Drive home. As part of the search of Waite’s residence, agents seized about 100 pounds of marijuana, firearms, a Ferrari and more than $150,000 in cash, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Waite was arrested July 18 in North Carolina and appeared Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Portland.

Waite entered the courtroom wearing a khaki jumpsuit with “Strafford County DOC” printed on the back. Waite spoke little during the 20-minute hearing, informing the Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III that he understood his rights and the charges against him.

He pleaded not guilty on all three counts. A bail hearing was postponed until 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Waite had already made an initial court appearance in Charlotte, North Carolina after being arrested on July 18. This was his first appearance in a Maine, where his case will be tried.

If convicted, he faces between five years and life and a $250,000 fine on the firearm charge, up to five years and a $250,000 fine on the drug charge, and

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