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Grand Jury indicts drug trafficking suspect on tampering charge
PARIS — A man charged with trafficking cocaine was indicted Friday on a charge of tampering with a witness.
Gerry Baril of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Dale Korhonen, 41, of Jay, “made threats in order to induce one of the co-defendants charged into not testifying against him or saying anything further to the police.”
“You can't do that,” Baril said Friday. He said the alleged tampering took place before MDEA agents made a sweep arrest in February of five accused of trafficking cocaine from Massachusetts to the Rumford area.
Korhonen was charged at that time with tampering. Baril said Friday's indictment was a “follow-up” to the charge. Baril said the threats were made on or about Feb. 22, but would not say who Korhonen is accused of having threatened.
Korhonen was one of five charged with trafficking cocaine. Korhonen was first charged in December 2010 along with Timothy Clark, who the MDEA says is the leader of the alleged trafficking ring.
On Friday, Clark entered a “not guilty” plea to drug trafficking charges in Oxford County Superior Court.
On Dec. 3, Korhonen was charged with two felony counts of aggravated cocaine trafficking, two counts of violating bail conditions, and carrying concealed weapons. The trafficking charges were elevated because the MDEA said Korhonen sold cocaine less than 1,000 feet from a school zone.
In February, Korhonen and Clark were arrested on additional charges along with Kevin Pettegrow, 29, of Rumford, Kaine Adam Hodgkins, 22, of Roxbury and Uniah H. Leidy, 30, of Rumford.
Leidy, who was charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine, was arraigned Friday and pleaded not guilty. Leidy told the court Friday that she'd put her house up for the $100,000 real estate bail, but she was told she hadn't formally completed the action and needed to file paperwork.