Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Drug Trafficking - Auburn

DATE: Tuesday, May 27, 2014



PREPARED BY: Lt. John Cote

TROOPER: Tr. Rooney and K-9 Howie / Tr. Pappis / MDEA


DATE/TIME: 05-20-2014 / 1150 HRS
LOCATION: Ninth St., Auburn.
NATURE: Unlawful Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs

On May 20, 2014 at approximately 1550 hours, Maine Drug Enforcement Agents assigned to the Western District Drug Task Force assigned to the Lewiston/Auburn area were conducting surveillance on a known drug trafficker. They requested Trooper Kevin Rooney of the Maine State Police Troop G stop a motor vehicle the target was driving in. The vehicle was subsequently stopped on Ninth Street in the City of Auburn for a traffic violation. During the stop, Trooper Rooney deployed Canine Howie, a three year old, Belgian Malinois around the vehicle to conduct a sniff of the vehicle’s exterior. Canine Howie alerted on the rear passenger side of the vehicle. Canine Howie was then deployed to the inside of the vehicle where he alerted on the dash board area located on the passenger side. Trooper Tom Pappas and Special Agent Nick Gagnon assisted with a search and an electronic, piston driven hide was located in the dash board. The hide was powered by a switch located on the driver seat. When the switch was activated, a piston pushed a portion of plastic trim just above the glove box out where a void was located. Inside the void, Agents and Troopers located two baggies of suspected cocaine.

The driver, Derrick Faureau, 30 years old, of Auburn, Maine was arrested for unlawful trafficking in schedule drugs. Faureau was also charged with Misuse of Public Benefits Card as he was in possession of another person’s state issued EBT Card. Faureau was transported to the Androscoggin County Jail. It was later determined approximately 45 grams of cocaine was seized during the stop that tested for a presumptive positive for cocaine.