Milford woman arrested in drug trafficking case

Posted Oct. 26, 2009, at 11:08 p.m.

Officials from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a Milford woman late last week when she turned up in an Old Town parking lot — allegedly to make a drug deal.

Maria Rozaline Dorso was charged with unlawful trafficking in OxyContin, a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000, Garry Higgins, MDEA’s supervisory special agent for the Bangor-based North Central Regional Taskforce, said Monday.

According to Higgins, MDEA agents had been keeping an eye on Dorso and had made a controlled purchase of the powerful prescription painkiller from her a few weeks ago.

On Friday, investigators learned she planned to sell 10 OxyContin pills and made arrangements to meet her customer in the parking lot of an Old Town pharmacy. Instead, she was confronted by drug agents, who placed her under arrest and took her to Penobscot County Jail. Dorso since has been released on bail, Higgins said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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Orono police arrested a 70-year-old Seal Cove man on Saturday afternoon on charges of violation of bail conditions, drug possession and theft.

The episode that led to the arrest of Richard Donavan began about 1:30 p.m., when he ran out of a gas on Kelley Road, Orono police Sgt. Scott Scripture said Monday. A passing motorist stopped and gave Donovan enough gas to make it to the Big Apple on Main Street, where he pumped $27 worth of fuel into his vehicle, Scripture said.

The problem was Donovan had only $8 cash on him, Scripture said. The police report indicated that Donovan had a credit card on him but that it wasn’t the kind that could be used to buy gas. A store employee called the police.

When Officer Derek Dinsmore arrived, he had a county dispatcher look Donovan up and learned the man was on bail from a prior unrelated arrest and charged him with violating his bail conditions, which included a provision that he keep out of trouble with the law.

A subsequent search of Donovan turned up three kinds of drugs for which he had no proof of a prescription, namely the anticonvulsant phenobarbital, the drug Atenolol, used for hypertension and heart disease, and hydrochlorothiazide, which treats fluid retention, Scripture said. He said Dinsmore also turned up other pills he couldn’t immediately identify. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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