AUGUSTA — One of the women arrested in a drug raid Friday in Vassalboro was freed Monday after a court hearing involving an unpaid fine.

Kendra Vigue, 34, of Gardiner, was arrested on a warrant charging her with failure to pay fines on convictions from 2011 and 2013 for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and operating after suspension or revocation.

In a video hearing during which Vigue was at the Kennebec County jail and Judge Evert Fowle was on the bench in the Capital Judicial Center, she told him she had not paid the $884 in fines because she was unemployed and had no money.

When the judge asked her what she expected to happen, she told him, “I just hope that I can come pay you and everything goes well in the end.”

Fowle ordered her to pay $100 by Feb. 26, and he set a hearing for 8:30 a.m. that day, saying Vigue should come to court prepared to show why she should not be jailed to have her fine reduced by $25 to $100 per day. He told her that she could avoid the hearing by making the payment.

Vigue was to be released because no other complaints were filed against her.

Vigue was one of eight people arrested in a raid by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigators at 38 Whitehouse Road in Vassalboro. Austin Bond, 25, of Jefferson, who was charged with one count of possession of oxycodone, was released Saturday on $5,000 bail.

The others arrested face various drug trafficking or possession charges and were advised of their charges by Fowle, who also set bail. Fowle also told those charged with aggravated trafficking that a conviction carries a minimum sentence of four years and a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

During the raid, agents reported seizing 28 grams of heroin, 65 grams of crack or cocaine base, 25 grams of powdered cocaine, 15 grams of methamphetamine, 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and $2,000 in cash believed to be connected to drug sales, according to the release.

Here is a list of those making an initial appearance via video before Fowle on Monday:

• Richard “Stash” Baker, 34, of New York City, aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person; $50,000 bail.

• Joseph “Joe Daddy” Gagnon, 59, of Vassalboro, aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person; $30,000 bail.

• Tayshaun Gibson, 25, of Albany, New York, illegal possession of drugs; $20,000 bail.

• Alijah (also Elijah) Jenkins, 22, of Troy, New York, who was charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine; $20,000 bail.

• Jocelyn Jones, 28, of China, aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine and possession of scheduled drugs; $10,000 bail.

• Rosemily Rivera, 24, of Troy, New York, possession of illegal drugs; $10,000 bail.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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