Two More Appear in Federal Court Accused in Central Maine Drug Ring 

Two of the ten people accused of running a cocaine and oxycodone drug ring in Central Maine pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court in Bangor. 21-year-old Patrick Hanson of Winslow is charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and 500 grams or more of cocaine. He’s being held on a probation violation. 25 year-old Justin Lacroix is facing the same charge, as well as second drug charge. He was released on bail. Eight others pleaded not guilty Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office says they were all arrested Tuesday after being indicted last week by a federal grand jury.A dozen law enforcement agencies took part in the investigation and the arrests, including one at 35 Matthews Avenue in Waterville.All of the suspects are accused of conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and cocaine and face a minimum of five years in prison if convicted.Four are also charged with possession of cocaine and/or oxycodone.Two others remain behind bars, including the alleged ring leader, Maurice McCray.Federal prosecutors say they allegedly sold drugs between January and mid-March.More arrests are expected.Those arrested:Maurice McCray – age 31 – Waterville/FarmingtonTara Pelletier – age 31 – WatervilleRodney Lacroix – age 23 – WatervilleJustin Lacroix – age 25 – Waterville Jesse Jones – age 24 – WatervilleJoshua Blodgett – age 20 – SkowheganSaul Hernandez – age 24 – AugustaPatrick Hanson – age 21 – WinslowBenjamin Lemieux – age 30 – WinslowCassandra Ware – age 22 – Farmington