LINCOLN – A 48-year-old Cumberland woman was charged with felony possession of cocaine after she allegedly purchased a quantity of the drug from a male subject at the Twin River casino on Thursday.
Lt. Wayne N. Bouthillette reported Deborah Farias was observed on Twin River security video sitting at a live blackjack table at about 3:40 a.m. but not playing prior to the alleged transaction. An unknown male subject was observed approaching Farias with a closed fist and placing a plastic bag with a powdery substance inside into her hand, Bouthillette alleged. After Farias placed the plastic bag in her purse and gave the male subject money, he was observed leaving the area, police said. Farias was then observed leaving the table and going to a restroom, Bouthillette said. After reviewing the apparent narcotics transaction on video, Bouthillette and Twin River security personnel approached the suspect and asked her to go with them to the Lincoln Police office at Twin River.
Farias initially indicated the item passed to her hand had been medication, but Bouthillette said he observed the bag of the powdery substance in her opened purse and asked her what it contained. After indicating she was holding the contraband for someone, Farias was charged with possession of cocaine and transported to police headquarters for processing on the felony, police said. She was given a Superior Court date of Jan. 23, police said.
In an unrelated Twin River incident on Saturday, Luis Nadalez, 48, of Warren, was charged with disorderly conduct following a disturbance in the Lighthouse Bar at about 12:25 p.m. Patrolman Christopher T. Hannon reported he and other officers responding to the disturbance found Nadalez being detained after an apparent fight with another man. The victim stated Nadalez punched him in the eye as the two began to argue over a mutual friend. The victim declined to press charges over the assault, and Nadalez was subsequently charged with disorderly conduct and released on a summons to appear in District Court, Hannon reported.