AUGUSTA — Police on Monday night arrested two men in Augusta on drug charges, one on a federal warrant and the other on state charges.

Denton Worrell, 20, also known as “Lil D,” of Rochester, New York, remains held without bail pending a detention hearing in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

He is one of 15 co-defendants charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine base.

He and William McDaniel, 29, of Augusta, were arrested at McDaniel’s Melville Street apartment.

McDaniel is charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs and one each in heroin, cocaine base and cocaine, all from Aug. 28, 2017, in Augusta. A judge at the Capital Judicial Center on Wednesday set bail for McDaniel at the $10,000 cash requested by the prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Katie Sibley.

“This is a situation where he was trafficking in three different kinds of drugs within 350 feet of a school — three very dangerous drugs in retail doses,” Sibley said.

The school is St. Michael School, which is a block away on Sewall Street.

Sibley said each of the charges carries a minimum four-year sentence if convicted.

Lisa Whittier, representing McDaniel as lawyer of the day, suggested appropriate bail would be $750 cash because McDaniel had no prior drug offenses and was employed.

A warrant for Worrell’s arrest was issued in May 2017 following indictment by a federal grand jury.

An affidavit by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Officer Todd Chilton, in support of McDaniel’s arrest says agents learned that Worrell was currently at McDaniel’s apartment.

Agents surrounded the residence and called McDaniel.

“I advised him his house was surrounded and he needed to come outside, which he did,” Chilton wrote.

The agents made contact with Worrell as well, and he said he too would come out.

Agents reported finding a clear plastic bag in the bathroom containing 41 bags of suspected heroin weighing a total of 4.8 grams, 65 bags of suspected crack cocaine weighing a total of 13.9 grams and 16 bags containing suspected cocaine powder weighing 3.1 grams.

Worrell was in court Tuesday in Bangor, where he pleaded not guilty to the indictment. He is scheduled for a detention hearing there Sept. 7. Attorney Roger Brunelle Jr. has been appointed to represent him.

All the federal defendants face charges of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, which are heroin, fentanyl and cocaine base. Several are charged with possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and maintaining drug-involved premises from June 14, 2015, to March 9, 2017, in central Maine.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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