Waterville drug bust nets five arrests

6:47 PM, Nov 23, 2009   |    comments
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WATERVILLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police in Waterville and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency have nabbed five people in connection with what they are calling a significant drug trafficking ring.

Investigators say the ring was centered at the Bob-In bar on Temple Street in Waterville. Police say they believe the group is responsible for the sale of over 100 grams of cocaine in recent months.

On Monday morning, Waterville Police and the MDEA executed search warrants at the bar and four residences. Five people were taken into custody.

One of the homes searched belonged to Jibryne Karter, the owner of the Bob-In. Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey says Karter has not been charged at this time.

Those charged in the case are: 

  • Michael Pedini, 39, charged with 4 counts of Class A Felony Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (cocaine) and 1 count of Class B Felony Conspiracy to Traffic in Schedule W Drugs (cocaine).  Bail has been set on Pedini at $110,000 cash. 
  • Jamie Barker, 32, charged with 5 counts of Class A Felony Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (cocaine) and 1 count of Class B Felony Conspiracy to Traffick in Schedule W Drugs (cocaine). 
  • Laurie Labonte, 31, charged with one count of Class A Felony Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (cocaine), and 1 count of Class B Felony Conspiracy to Traffick in Schedule W Drugs (cocaine).  Labonte is a bartender at the Bob-In and she is out on $25,500 bail.
  • Kelly Eno, 27, charged with 1 count of Class C Felony Possession of Schedule W Drugs.  Eno is out on $1,000 bail.
  • Jason Lombardo, 38, charged with 1 count of Class A Felony Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (cocaine) and 1 count of Class B Felony Conspiracy to Traffick Schedule W Drugs (cocaine).  Pedini and Barker are scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday.

Police say Pedini, who is a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang, is the leader of the drug trafficking ring they disrupted today.  He is being held at the Kennebec County Jail.

Pedini and Barker are scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday morning.

Investigators say more arrests will be coming in the next few days.

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