WARREN, Maine — A Rockland man was arrested Thursday for allegedly smuggling contraband prescription drugs into the Maine State Prison and then selling them to inmates.
Inmate Craig Reimer, 30, was on a work-release program at the prison which allowed him to work each day with a private construction company in Belfast, according to a press release from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Investigators suspected that Reimer was purchasing methadone and oxycodone pills while on work release and selling them to other prisoners, according to the MDEA.
Authorities nabbed him Thursday when he had “wandered away” from the job site, evidently to pick up methadone, the press release said. He was arrested with nine 10-milligram tablets in his pocket that were packaged to be brought into the prison, according to James Pease, special agent supervisor of the MDEA.
After Reimer’s arrest, he was taken to Waldo County Jail and then released back to the state prison, where he has been serving time for operating after revocation of his driver’s license, Pease said in the statement.
The investigation is ongoing and officials expect to make “several” more arrests.
The Maine State Prison, Belfast Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Rockland Police Department and Waldo County Sheriff’s Office assisted the MDEA with the investigation.