Former Maine Music Club Owner Faces Cocaine Charge

The former owner of a live music venue in Portland, Maine, has been ordered held without bail in New York on a charge of conspiracy to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine.

In an order filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y., U.S. Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks writes that the evidence appears to show that 35-year-old Robert Evon was involved in an international drug-smuggling operation involving the importation of about 77 kilograms _ nearly 170 pounds – of cocaine through several states and Canada.

Evon was arrested in Maine on July 31. He pleaded not guilty Aug. 28 in federal court in New York.

The Portland Press Herald reports that Evon owned the Port City Music Hall in downtown Portland before selling it this year.