Winter Wiretapping: The Strange Case of Briana Roberts

by Grace4Ayla on September 3, 2013

Ayla Bell Reynolds disappeared from her father’s home in Waterville, ME in December of 2011. She was first reported missing by her father, Justin DiPietro, the morning of December 17th, 2011. Other adults present in the house when Ayla allegedly went missing were Justin’s sister, Elisha DiPietro and Justin’s girlfriend, Courtney Roberts.

Interestingly, on January 6, 2012, Briana Roberts, sister of Courtney Roberts, was arrested at her home in Portland, ME on charges related to drug trafficking. Both Briana and Courtney are said to live in the same apartment building, and early on it was rumored that the sisters lived together. I have seen no documentation disputing this possibility. However, it is an apartment building with multiple units, so readers can make their own assumptions. According to legal documents now surfacing on the web, law enforcement agents had been wiretapping the phones of the Roberts family since December 2011, the same month Ayla Reynolds went missing. These documents first appeared here, where another blogger was researching the possible connection between Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds (and Jeff Hanson) and Chris Brichetto, a co-defendant of Briana Roberts.

Document #1 – The Crime

Document #1

Document #1

In Document #1 we see the Prosecution’s version of events including what was heard during some of this wiretapping. Briana was recorded being asked if she wanted to “work” for Chris one weekend. This wording suggests that she wasn’t an independent dealer arranging a buy, but instead that she is part of a sophisticated operation. This is further supported by the following statment: “(DEA) and other federal, state and local law enforcement conducted a wiretap investigation targeting a drug trafficking conspiracy in Portland, ME.”

Briana Roberts clearly wasn’t in upper management if she had to “work.” She also wasn’t making a buy using her own money, nor that of anyone else.

The question is, who was LE watching first? The documentation is unclear. Chris Brichetto’s case documents state the same claim, that while wiretapping in December 2011 they overheard Mr. Brichetto contacting Briana Roberts. Logic tells us that if authorities had been listening to Mr. Brichetto for a while before they found out about Briana, there would have been more information regarding other possible interactions included in the case, but they only mention this one, along with a subsequent act that led to Mr. Brichetto’s arrest.

It is also interesting to me, that instead of arresting Brichetto and Roberts together, they arrested Briana first, after Brichetto left. This indicates that police were more interested in the information she could provide them, than with the effect it might have had on Brichetto’s case. After all, that was a big risk; Arresting the dealer before the supplier could have tipped Chris off that they were watching him.

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