AUGUSTA — A former Massachusetts man has been sentenced on drug charges to an initial 30 months behind bars with the remainder of the eight-year prison term suspended while he spends three years on probation.

Jaime R. “Uncle” Brea, 51, of Augusta and formerly of Revere, Massachusetts, was alleged to be the leader of a conspiracy to bring drugs from Massachusetts to central Maine.

Brea, who listed an address in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty on Tuesday at the Capital Judicial Center to unlawful trafficking in cocaine and unlawful trafficking in heroin, both Dec. 20, 2016, in Augusta. A total of $800 in fines was suspended. Brea also forfeited three firearms and $4,691 seized Dec. 20-28, 2016, in Augusta.

Brea also pleaded guilty to four charges of violating conditions of release Feb. 25-April 18, 2017, related to leaving the State of Maine and getting arrested in February 2017 in Manhattan, New York on drug charges. He had been free on $25,000 cash bail.

In exchange for his pleas, other charges against Brea were dismissed.

Conditions of probation prohibit him from contact with six other co-defendants.

An affidavit filed in court by Maine Drug Enforcement Officer Nathan Walker says Brea drove a rental car between Augusta and Massachusetts to bring heroin to his four “nephews” to sell from local “trap houses” in 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 had a phone line for people to call and order drugs.

The co-defendant also said Brea or “one of the ‘boys'” — identified as Jose “Jay EZ” Figueroa, and Sergio “Kash” Figueroa, 24, Jordan Ascencio, 20, and Kidante “KD” Roberts, all of Boston — would pick up the phone or would call back. People with those nicknames were arrested Dec. 20, 2016, in a hotel room in Augusta, where police reported finding a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, plus “marijuana, and ledgers documenting drug amounts, drug houses and sales,” Walker wrote.

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.

Others have already pleaded guilty and been sentenced in the case.

In April 2017, Roberts, then 22, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit unlawful trafficking in drugs and agreed to the forfeiture of three firearms and $3,731 in cash seized that day. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

In October 2017, Jose Figueroa, then 25, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he pleaded guilty in the same courthouse to conspiracy to commit unlawful trafficking in drugs.

Two other people were sentenced on drug charges in separate cases also handled Tuesday at the Capital Judicial Center

• Maurice Wilson, also known as Maurice Anthony Wilson II, Tony Wilson and Sosa, 37, of Augusta, was sentenced to an initial two years in prison with the remainder of the five-year term suspended while he spends two years on probation. He pleaded guilty Thursday to unlawful trafficking in heroin Jan. 29, 2018, and unlawful trafficking in cocaine base March 1, 2018, unlawful possession of cocaine base March 19, 2018 and three counts of violating condition of release Jan. 29-March, 19, 2018, all in Augusta. His $1,600 was suspended. Other charges were dismissed in exchange for the pleas.

• Rodney H, Hall, 36, of Augusta, was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin, April 5, 2018 in Waterville; Dec. 6, 2017, in Auburn, and Nov. 11, 2017, in Lewiston. He also forfeited $2,000; $1,200 in fines were suspended, and he was ordered to pay $240 restitution for drug testing.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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