AUGUSTA — A New York City man will spend two years in prison for drug trafficking in Augusta.

Frederick Rogers, 32, of Saint Albans, Queens, was arrested Nov. 2, 2015, after police raided a hotel room at the Senator Inn and Spa in Augusta and an apartment on Gage Street in the city.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said at that time that police found 108 grams of crack cocaine, 66 grams of heroin and a half-pound of marijuana, with a street value of $25,000.

Rogers was originally indicted on two aggravated trafficking charges, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and three counts of criminal forfeiture.

However, on Wednesday at the Capital Judicial Center he pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful trafficking in cocaine and agreed to forfeit $613 in cash that had been found on him, as well as $12,188 which was found in the hotel room, and the firearms. In exchange for his plea, the other charges were dismissed.

Five of the seven people arrested in that raid were from New York City, and Augusta Deputy Police Chief Jared Mills said the arrests highlighted the continuing problem of out-of-state drug dealers coming into Maine. Charges remain pending against a number of those defendants.

At a separate hearing also on Wednesday, William Francis Atwood, 39, of Augusta, was sentenced to serve an initial nine months of a four-year jail sentence, followed by two years’ probation. The remainder of the jail term was suspended. He also was fined $300.

Atwood had pleaded guilty to three counts theft by deception, two counts of violating conditions of release, and one count each of theft by deception, failure to appear in court and assault.

The offenses occurred between Nov. 27, 2015, and Jan. 15. 2016, in Augusta, and involved the theft of money from a credit union, clothing from a department store and alcohol from a liquor store.

Also on Wednesday at the same courthouse, Dolly Jewel Carpenter, 48, pleaded guilty to unlawful trafficking in cocaine base that occurred April 9, 2015, in Waterville.

She was sentenced to a four-year prison term, all suspended, and two years of probation.

A charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs on April 14, 2015, also in Waterville, was dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams


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