Another of the 20 defendants charged in a drug conspiracy that brought drugs to central Maine from New York has pleaded guilty, and the government is seeking forfeiture of his $6,000 bail.

James “Reggie” Proudfoot, 33, of New York pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Bangor to a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

His case was continued for sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Casey is seeking a forfeiture of Proudfoot’s bail, saying “his use of marijuana while on bail constitutes a criminal offense and, therefore, a violation of his bail conditions.” That request was filed Friday.

The government is seeking forfeiture of $6,000 cash bail posted for Proudfoot by his fiancee.

According to court filings by Henry Griffin, Proudfoot’s attorney, “While (Proudfoot) had been clean and sober and in treatment for six months, he relapsed under the pressure of his impending plea and certain period of incarceration.”

Proudfoot originally had been set to plead guilty on June 5; however, he failed to appear and an arrest warrant was issued. Proudfoot was later arrested on June 25.

Proudfoot was originally arrested in the Southern District of New York on May 30, 2012, and freed on bail. He pleaded not guilty to the Maine drug charge on June 8, 2012, and was permitted to live in New York while the case was pending.

According to the prosecution’s version of events, Proudfoot’s role in the conspiracy was to go to sources in New York and obtain drugs for Maurice McCray, who later admitted selling them in central Maine. Proudfoot was arrested at a Boston bus station with 82 grams of cocaine.

While Proudfoot was on bail, U.S. Probation Officer Mitchell Oswald said in an affidavit that Proudfoot was arrested in New York Oct. 27 and charged with criminal sale of marijuana and two counts of possession of marijuana.

Oswald also said Proudfoot tested positive for marijuana on six occasions between July 16, 2012, and May 13, 2013.

Documents show Proudfoot previously was convicted in New York County of criminal sale of a controlled substance 4th degree and sentenced to three to six years in May 2004.

Betty Adams — 621-5631
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