Old Town man charged with trafficking

Posted Nov. 21, 2008, at 8:48 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — An Old Town man was arrested on aggravated trafficking charges Wednesday after Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents and members of the Old Town Police Department executed a search warrant at his apartment on Fourth Street.

After his arrest, Jason R. Hill, 24, was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. He was released Thursday on $5,000 cash bail, according to jail officials.

In a news release issued Friday, MDEA officials said agents seized 450 capsules and a dozen tablets containing MDMA, commonly referred to as Ecstasy, 2 pounds of marijuana and more than $6,000 in cash alleged to be proceeds from the sale of drugs.

The Ecstasy was worth more than $7,800 and the marijuana, more than $3,000, according to an MDEA supervisor.

The warrant was the culmination of an MDEA investigation that included the purchase of more than 60 capsules from Hill by an undercover agent. The purchases were made on two occasions during the past three weeks.

Hill is charged with aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs, a Class A crime punishable by up to 40 years in prison.

The charge was elevated to “aggravated” because of the amount of drugs seized and because the drug offenses occurred within 1,000 feet of two Old Town schools, according to the MDEA.

At the time of his arrest, Hill was free on bail for an unrelated offense, so he also was charged with violation of conditions of release.

The investigation was conducted by agents of MDEA’s North Central District Task Force, based in Bangor.

The district task force handles drug investigations in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties and consists of agents from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, Bangor Police Department, Hampden Police Department, Veazie Police Department and the University of Maine Police Department.

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