AUGUSTA — A Revere, Massachusetts, man known as “uncle” has been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated drug trafficking over a two-month period while he was renting vehicles and an apartment in Augusta.

Jaime R. Brea, 50, allegedly drove a rental car between Augusta and Massachusetts to bring heroin to his four “nephews” to sell from local “trap houses” in Augusta, according to court documents.

Brea was arrested Wednesday during a motor vehicle stop on Mount Vernon Avenue in Augusta, and a bail commissioner set bail at $50,000 cash. However, bail was reduced to $25,000 cash following an initial appearance hearing Thursday at the Capital Judicial Center via video from the Kennebec County jail.

The nephews go by local nicknames, Cash or Kash, Splash, Trip and Jay EZ, according to a probable cause affidavit by Special Agent Nathan Walker, of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. People with those nicknames were arrested Dec. 20 in a hotel room in Augusta, where police reported finding “a .380 semi-automatic handgun, marijuana, and ledgers documenting drug amounts, drug houses and sales,” Walker wrote.

Walker’s affidavit also said that a search of Brea’s vehicle turned up a notebook that listed 10 of the 12 people who were arrested during the execution of search warrants on Dec. 20, 2016.

Walker said that vehicles rented to Brea were found on Bond Street, Water Street and Mount Vernon Avenue, and surveillance by police indicated the vehicles made frequent trips between Boston and Augusta.

A co-defendant told police he made a trip to New York with Brea in one of the rental vehicles to pick up drugs, and that Brea has a phone line for people to call and order drugs.

The co-defendant also said Brea or “one of the ‘boys'” would pick up the phone or one of the “boys” — identified as Jose “Jay EZ” Figueroa, 21, and Sergio “Kash” Figueroa, 24, Jordan Ascencio, 20, and Kidante “KD” Roberts, 21, all of Boston — would call back.

All four face charges of conspiracy to traffic in heroin and crack cocaine, and they remain at the jail in lieu of $25,000 bail each.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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