MDEA arrests two wanted men

Posted July 18, 2009, at 2:51 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two men who allegedly sold drugs to undercover agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency earlier this year but who had slipped out of the agency’s view afterward were seen in Bangor on Tuesday and arrested.

“We had been looking for them,” Garry Higgins, MDEA’s supervisory special agent for the Bangor-based North Central Regional Taskforce, said Friday.

Kenneth Drake, 59, and David Smedal, 25, who both list the same Greenfield Road address in Greenbush, were arrested at about 2 p.m. Tuesday on State Street and charged with Class B trafficking in diverted prescription pills.

Drake, who has a drug-trafficking conviction from 2003, sold OxyContin to undercover agents, Higgins said, and “we bought Fentanyl and oxycodone from [Smedal] during two separate buys.”

Since MDEA agents made the undercover drug purchases over the past two months, the two suspects have been hard to find, Higgins said.

“We’ve been actively searching for Drake,” he said. “At the time we were buying from Ken, he lived in Corinth. We believed he had moved to Florida.”

After their arrests, the two were taken to Penobscot County Jail. Drake was released on $1,000 bail on Wednesday and Smedal was released the day of his arrest with unknown conditions, a jail official said.

“We are anticipating another arrest out of this at some point in the near future,” Higgins said.

Drake was arrested Dec. 22, 2002, after police raided his Brewer home and found more than a pound of processed marijuana and a large quantity of cash. He was charged with aggravated trafficking of marijuana at that time and convicted in 2003 of the felony charge.

Because of Drake’s prior drug-trafficking conviction, Higgins said his agency is requesting that his recent drug-trafficking charge be upgraded to aggravated Class A trafficking, which carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Those convicted of Class B crimes face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

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