Police say ‘drug deal gone bad’ leads to arrest of 2 midcoast men

Posted Jan. 21, 2009, at 8:08 p.m.

WALDOBORO, Maine — Two midcoast men were arrested Monday on multiple charges in connection with what police from several agencies characterized as “an apparent drug deal gone bad” that involved the alleged kidnapping of a Massachusetts man.

Arrested by Waldoboro police and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department detectives were Edwin Duquette, 43, of Waldoboro, who was charged with criminal restraint and terrorizing, and Brian Cookson, also 43, of Nobleboro, who was charged with kidnapping and terrorizing, according to Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde.

Duquette also was charged with drug trafficking after Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officials found and seized 8 pounds of processed marijuana worth an estimated $16,000 and 13 firearms with ammunition from his residence and home business, Smokin’ Annie’s, on Flanders Corner Road, MDEA Supervisory Special Agent Jim Pease said Wednesday.

Smokin’ Annie’s specializes in seafood and fish products, including cod jerky, as well as blown-glass jewelry and shell art, according to its Web site.

After their arrests, both men were taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, where bail was set at $5,000 each.

Both have since been released, a jail official confirmed Wednesday.

Duquette is scheduled to appear in Wiscasset District Court on March 25 and in Lincoln County Superior Court, also in Wiscasset, on March 26.

Cookson is slated to appear in Lincoln County Superior Court on March 26.

Labombarde said the incident remains under investigation and that additional state and federal charges are expected. Other law enforcement agencies participating in the probe included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Maine State Police and the Nashua, N.H., Police Department.

The incident that led to the arrests began about 4:30 a.m. Monday, when an FBI agent alerted the Waldoboro Police Department that a 28-year-old man from East Bridgewater, Mass., was being held at a residence on Flanders Corner Road.

Information received by FBI and Waldoboro police officials indicated the man was being held as the result of “an apparent drug deal gone bad” in Nashua, N.H., Labombarde said in a news release issued this week.

Six hours later, at about 10:30 a.m., police arrested Duquette during a traffic stop on Orffs Corner Road, Labombarde said. The stop occurred when Duquette attempted to leave the residence with the kidnapping victim.

Cookson was arrested at the jail about 11 a.m. Tuesday, after he turned himself in to Labombarde.

Pease said drug agents had been monitoring one of the suspects as part of a larger investigation into drug trafficking that extends beyond Maine and the United States.

That investigation, Pease said, is still under way.

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