An Albion, New York, man originally facing state drug charges has been indicted on a federal charge of distribution of heroin.

Sharoz Haywood, 21, also known as “Baby Dreads” and “Rah Rah,” is accused of distributing the drug on July 14, 2017. That is the same date listed on state charges of aggravated possession of a schedule W drug and unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, which allegedly occurred in Augusta.

The state charges were dismissed last month. Haywood was arrested April 18 on a federal complaint in the Western District of New York and was released on $5,000 unsecured bail with home confinement conditions. He was indicted May 16.

According to the complaint, a confidential source told Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Officer Brian Wastella that “Baby Dreads” was selling a gram of crack cocaine for $100 and half gram of heroin for $100. Investigators later watched as the confidential informant purchased $200 worth of heroin from Haywood in Augusta.

Attorney Stephen C. Smith has been appointed to represent Haywood, and an arraignment date has yet to be set in U.S. District Court in Bangor. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Jody Mullis.

Conviction on a charge of distribution of heroin carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.


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