Three arrested after police bust cocaine-selling operation at Waterville motel

WATERVILLE, Maine — Three people were arrested Sunday in connection with a cocaine-selling operation at a Waterville motel, according to police.

After executing a search warrant, police discovered $19,000 worth of contraband inside one of the motel rooms, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said Tuesday.

Christina Pena-Cantor, a 36-year old Waterville transient, Alexis Vilar, 24, and Wentworth Rhoden, 31, both of Bridgeport, Conn., were arrested, and Robert Greatorex, 23, of Winslow was summoned on a drug charge but not arrested, Massey said.

Throughout the weekend, Waterville detectives had gathered information that there were dealings of crack cocaine and oxycodone pills at the Budget Host Inn, according to Massey.

After receiving enough credible information, police surveilled a pair of rooms that were suspected of being used to distribute the contraband, the chief said.

Massey said Pena-Cantor was in one room and would then go to a room occupied by Rhoden and Vilar to buy drugs.

A search warrant was conducted on the men’s room, and after a brief struggle, the two men were taken into custody, Massey said.

Police found 3.8 ounces of crack cocaine, 199 oxycodone 30-milligram pills, 17 oxycodone 15-milligram pills, $4,500 in cash and $1,200 in counterfeit cash.

Rhoden and Vilar were both charged with a single count of aggravated trafficking in a schedule drug, trafficking in a schedule drug and criminal conspiracy to traffic a schedule drug and refusing to submit to arrest. Pena-Cantor is accused of conspiracy to traffic a schedule drug, and she is also being held on a probation hold for a previous robbery conviction. All three are at Kennebec County Jail.

Greatorex was summoned for conspiracy to traffick a schedule W drug, Massey said.

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