AUGUSTA — A New York City man who was arrested April 14 in Waterville with large quantities of drugs on him, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated trafficking in cocaine.

Kendu Watts, 19, was sentenced to 30 months in prison at the hearing at the Capital Judicial Center.

As part of the plea agreement, a second count of aggravated trafficking — accusing him of having more than 270 bags of heroin on him that same day — was dismissed.

Watts was fined $400 and also forfeited $5,450 which was seized from him when he was arrested.

Police arrested him on First Rangeway during an orchestrated traffic stop, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey, said at the time.

An affidavit by Waterville Police Officer Duane Cloutier said a search located 43.5 grams of crack cocaine and 14.3 grams of heroin in the bottom of Watts’ sweatpants.

Watts had been held in jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail since his arrest. At the time, Watt was wanted for robbery in New York, according to Cloutier’s affidavit.

During the hearing Justice Donald Marden told Watts that when he was bringing drugs into Maine, he was bringing death.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Madigan noted that the minimum mandatory sentence for aggravated trafficking is four years in prison, but a judge is permitted to deviate from that for certain reasons.

Watts was represented by attorney Brad Grant, who said that Watts accepted responsibility for what he did very early in the process and pleaded guilty at his arraignment.

“He has excellent family support and good encouragement to try to make good decisions from here on out and he’s very young,” Grant said later Thursday.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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