Three arrested in MDEA busts

Posted Aug. 06, 2009, at 8:44 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents were busy on Wednesday arresting three men in two separate drug-related incidents, Garry Higgins, MDEA’s supervisory special agent for the Bangor-based North Central Regional Taskforce, said Thursday.

Paul Mason, 29, of Levant and accomplice David Smedal, 25, of Greenbush were arrested by MDEA agents around noon after agents got a tip the men were at a Finson Road apartment, Higgins said.

“We previously made two controlled purchases of drugs off [Mason],” he said. “One was for Fentanyl patches and one being OxyContin pills.”

Mason, whom MDEA agents had been looking for, was charged with Class B trafficking in diverted prescription drugs.

Smedal, who was present when the undercover agents purchased the drugs from Mason, had been arrested and charged with Class B trafficking in diverted prescription pills by MDEA agents on July 14.

Smedal was arrested again Wednesday because “he was out on bail for drug trafficking and he tested positive for controlled substances,” Higgins said.

“They were selling the drugs together,” Higgins said. “They were basically running a drug trafficking business together.”

Five hours later, in a separate investigation, MDEA agents went to Holden to arrest Matthew McAllian, 28, who had sold undercover agents diverted Klonopin near Brewer High School a few weeks ago.

Because the diverted drug purchase took place within 1,000 feet of a school, the trafficking charge against McAllian became a felony offense, Higgins said.

“It ups it to a Class C crime,” he said.

When officers arrested McAllian at his home on Wednesday, he was found with more than 20 OxyContin pills and also was charged with Class C drug possession.

McAllian, Smedal and Mason were taken to Penobscot County Jail after their arrests. McAllian and Mason remained in jail Thursday night, but Smedal had been released, a jail official said.

If convicted of the Class B charges against them, both Mason and Smedal face a penalty of up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. Those convicted of Class C crimes face a penalty of up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

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