AUGUSTA — A New York City man will serve four years behind bars for trafficking in heroin last December in Manchester and Winthrop.

John H. Cedeno, who is also known as “Papers,” now 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Capital Judicial Center to one charge of aggravated trafficking. He also forfeited $4,483 and a firearm.

Cedeno was indicted in February on three counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin, one count of unlawful trafficking in heroin, and two counts of criminal forfeiture, one of $4,483 and one of a firearm, all Dec. 3-14, 2015, in Winthrop and Manchester.

The other charges were dismissed in exchange for his plea and for his admission to the forfeiture. He also was fined $400.

Cedeno was arrested on Feb. 14 after he was found hiding in the home of a Winthrop resident who also was charged with trafficking.

Police reported seizing nearly 40 grams of heroin, which amounts to more than 700 doses, as well as a .38-caliber revolver and ammunition, as well the cash.


Also on Tuesday, a former Gardiner man was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a string of burglaries, thefts and driving offenses that occurred between March 12, 2013 and Feb. 15, 2016, and spanned central Maine from Litchfield to Chelsea to Augusta.

Edward B. Robinson, 35, now of Greenville, pleaded guilty to five counts of violating conditions of release, four counts of theft by unauthorized taking, three counts of burglary, two counts of operating after habitual offender revocation, and one count each of theft by deception, theft by receiving stolen property and criminal mischief.

He was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $2,400 restitution.

Maine State Police said previously that Robinson stole staging from his employer, Pepin Properties, and sold it to buy heroin.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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