SKOWHEGAN — A New York City man remains held without bail this week awaiting extradition to New York for parole violations on drug convictions.

Andrew Sanchez, 28, of the Bronx, New York, was arrested on Bennett Avenue in Skowhegan Thursday night after police went to an apartment where a disturbance was reported.

Sanchez is being held in Somerset County Jail in East Madison.

The 25-year-old caller told police she wanted Sanchez removed from the apartment because he “brings too much trouble,” according to the court affidavit filed by Skowhegan police Officer Ryan Blakeney.

Blakeney, Sgt. Joel Cummings and officers Katelyn Treylino and Herbert Oliver responded to the apartment at 9 Bennett Ave. where the woman told police Sanchez had been living since April. Police told her that because he had lived there for so long she would need to get an eviction to make Sanchez leave.

She also told police that there was a warrant outstanding on Sanchez for a parole violation in New York. Police ran his name through the Somerset County Regional Communications Center and got a hit on a warrant saying that authorities in New York would extradite Sanchez and would come to Maine to pick him up.

Blakeney and Cummings found Sanchez sitting in a chair smoking a cigarette in the front room of the apartment, according to the affidavit. Sanchez allegedly gave police a false name as the woman stood behind him shaking her head indicating that the name he had given was false.

Sanchez finally confirmed his real name and that there was a warrant out in his name, according to the affidavit, and he was arrested as a fugitive from justice.

According to paperwork filed in the case by the New York State Bureau of Special Services, Sanchez was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in or near school grounds, listed as a class B felony.

Sanchez waived extradition on Friday, and the order was filed in court in Skowhegan on Monday.

The extradition process starts when another state enters the arrest warrant into the national computer information system data base and includes in the warrant that they will extradite, according to acting Police Chief Don Bolduc. When a Maine police officer locates a person with a warrant from out of state, he or she will contact that state to make sure they are willing to come to Maine to get the fugitive.

“If they are willing to come, we arrest the subject as a fugitive from justice and hold him pending a court appearance,” Bolduc said.

Authorities in New York have 30 days to pick up Sanchez. If they miss the deadline, Sanchez will return to court to be released on personal recognizance bail.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

[email protected]ine.com

Twitter: @Doug_Harlow


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