June 20, 2018
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Three charged in cocaine trafficking case

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested two people from Bangor and one from Lincoln on Thursday night on cocaine trafficking and other charges.

The three arrested were related, Garry Higgins, MDEA supervisory special agent for the Bangor-based North Central Regional Task Force, said Friday.

All three remained in jail late Friday night, jail officials confirmed.

Arrested were:

— Michele Elaine Anderson, 35, of Bangor. Anderson was charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine, a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. At the time of her arrest, Anderson faced two outstanding warrants for failure to pay fines related to prior drug trafficking convictions, Higgins said. Jail officials said her bail has been set at $5,000 cash or $25,000 single surety.

— Anthony Jackson McLaughlin, 25, of Bangor. He was charged with Class B felony cocaine trafficking, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. He also was charged with violating bail conditions from a disorderly conduct charge, failure to submit to arrest and tampering with evidence. His bail was set at $800.

— John Michael Oliveira, 24, of Lincoln was charged with cocaine trafficking as well as with violating the conditions of his probation from an earlier robbery. His bail was set at $3,000 cash, $30,000 single surety.

Bail conditions for all three suspects also included that they not use or possess alcohol and illegal drugs and that they have no contact with one another. All three must submit to police searches at any time, without probable cause.

According to Higgins, the three were arrested after MDEA undercover agents made a covert purchase of cocaine.

He said Anderson was the original focus of the agency’s investigation into area cocaine trafficking but that as a result of that probe, MDEA officers learned that the two others were involved in the trafficking with her.

Oliveira was arrested by Bangor police during a traffic stop Thursday night, Higgins said, while McLaughlin was arrested by MDEA agents after a brief foot chase, during which he allegedly tried to throw away a small package of the drug.

Anderson was the last to be arrested, when MDEA agents turned up at her Cumberland Street residence.

Higgins said MDEA agents seized about $3,000 worth of cocaine as a result of the investigation.

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