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United States v. Williams

United States District Court, D. Maine

November 15, 2016

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
v.
ADAM WILLIAMS, Defendant

          RECOMMENDED DECISION ON MOTION TO SUPPRESS

          John C. Nivison U.S. Magistrate Judge.

         In this case, Defendant is charged with the distribution of cocaine base on or about April 10, 2015. The matter is before the Court on Defendant's Motion to Suppress and to Dismiss the Indictment. (ECF No. 34.)

         As part of the investigation, a law enforcement officer stopped Defendant's motor vehicle on April 10. Through the motion, Defendant contends that suppression and dismissal are warranted because law enforcement officers failed to articulate an objective, reasonable suspicion to stop Defendant's vehicle.

         Following a hearing and after consideration of the parties' arguments, I recommend the Court deny the motion.

         Proposed Findings of Fact

         Based on the evidence presented at the hearing, I propose the Court find the following facts:

         1. On April 10, 2015, Steve Saucier, an agent with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA), met with a confidential informant (CI). The CI informed Agent Saucier that a person known as “Pacman” was selling drugs in the Bangor area.

         2. In Agent Saucier's presence, the CI made a phone call to arrange a purchase of cocaine. A male voice answered the phone. The person on the phone advised the CI that the CI would receive a text with the location of the transaction.

         3. Subsequently, the CI received a text to meet at the Ohio Street apartments in Bangor. Later, by phone, the location was changed to the parking lot of a Burger King restaurant on Union Street in Bangor.

         4. Agent Saucier provided the CI with a “body wire” and $200 in cash in advance of the purchase.

         5. Another MDEA agent, Joseph Burke, followed the CI to the location to monitor the CI and the vehicles involved in the transaction. Agent Saucier was stationed in a vehicle near the Burger King location to monitor the body wire.

         6. While Agent Saucier monitored the body wire, the CI reported the license plate number of the other vehicle in the parking lot. He announced the vehicle had a Connecticut registration with plate number 9AMFW2 (the vehicle).

         7. While the CI was in the parking lot, a person identified by the CI as “Pacman” came up to the CI's vehicle and told him to get in the other vehicle, which was a gold or tan Lincoln Navigator. The CI ...


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