Drug Bust at Waterville’s Beehive

On January 27, Waterville detectives successfully concluded a several-week long drug investigation. On Wednesday night, police searched an apartment at 24 Elm Street, in Waterville, known as “the Beehive,” where they seized nearly $32,000 in cash and placed a 2-year-old child in state custody. Waterville Police Detective Duane Cloutier explained to The Echo that confidential police informants had bought drugs, including cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, from the apartment’s occupants. On the strength of that evidence, the police obtained a warrant to search the Elm Street apartment, but they did not use the warrant right away. Then, on January 27, at 11:00 p.m., police were sent to the same apartment after receiving a report of a possible drug overdose. According to Police Chief Joseph Massey, when police officials realized that this incident occurred in the same apartment that had been under surveillance, they used the warrant to immediately search the apartment. No drugs were found, as it is likely that the residents disposed of all narcotics after calling in the drug overdose. However, the Waterville Police confiscated $31,900 in cash, together with drug paraphernalia, including scales and packaging equipment.

Following the search, police arrested Dasheene Bowman, 41, who rents the apartment, along with her son, Ronald Williams, 23, and Jose Diaz, 24. Massey noted that police charged Dasheene Bowman with two counts of class A aggravated trafficking in drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin, and one count of class B conspiracy to distribute drugs. Williams was charged with five counts of class A aggravated trafficking in drugs, including her- oin, crack and crystal methamphetamine, and one count of class B conspiracy to distribute drugs. Finally, Diaz was charged with one count of class B conspiracy to distribute drugs. Apart from the money and drug paraphernalia seized by police officials, Bowman’s 2-year-old daughter was in the home when police arrived, and was placed in the custody of the state Department of Health and Human Services.

The Waterville police successfully made arrests and shut down this particular drug operation, but unfortunately, drug distribution and usage has become a growing problem in Waterville. Detective Cloutier told The Echo that Waterville police have already made multiple arrests for drug distribution this year. Cloutier explained that “this is not just a city wide problem, but one that extends throughout the state.” In most cases, drugs are being brought in to Maine from out of state. When they were arrested, both Williams and Diaz gave addresses from other states -Williams from Connecticut and Diaz from New York. The most disturbing aspect of drug trafficking is the devastation it wreaks on our community when adults, and even children, become addicted and desperate. Massey is quoted in an article from the Kennebec Journal, stating, “there’s no shortage of drug dealers. There’s no shortage of drugs coming into the state of Maine, and there’s no shortage of buyers. The market’s here.”

However, police officials in Maine are aware of this issue and are working to resolve it. The state has appropriated money for additional Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers and police officials from nearby areas are working to form a task force that will share resources and intelligence to address the drug situation in an efficient and effective way. Although there is no easy way to completely rid our community of drugs, Waterville law enforcement are effectively addressing the drug problem.

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