Bangor couple charged in OxyContin raid

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 09, 2009, at 8:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two Bangor residents face charges of dealing OxyContin after Maine Drug Enforcement agents confiscated more than 800 pills with a street value in excess of $80,000, authorities said Monday.

The diverted prescription pain pills are 80-milligram OxyContin, which sell for “$100 a pill,” according to Garry Higgins, MDEA supervisory special agent for the Bangor area.

“It was a big seizure,” Higgins said.

Members of the MDEA’s Bangor-based North Central Regional Task Force had been watching Mackenzie Kelley, 26, who lives on Broadway, Higgins said.

“We’ve been hearing about her for a month and basically caught a break in the case,” he said. “We knew she was holding pills, and we caught her with 30 [OxyContin] pills at a local store and did a search warrant on her house and got her with an additional 800.”

In addition to confiscating the 30 pills from Kelley while at the store, agents also found $3,000 in cash. When her home was raided, agents found another $3,000. The money is believed to be profit from selling drugs, Higgins said.

Kelley was arrested and charged with felony Class B trafficking in diverted prescription pills after the Oct. 30 MDEA search of her home.

Her boyfriend, Michael Spring, 38, who lists the Ranger Inn as his residence, was at her house during the drug raid and was arrested on Nov. 2 at his residence. He also was charged with felony Class B trafficking in diverted prescription pills.

Kelley is scheduled to appear in Penobscot County Superior Court on Dec. 4.

Both have been released on bail. If convicted of a Class B crime, both Kelley and Spring face penalties of up to 10 years in prison and fines of $20,000.

When asked how the couple got such a large quantity of diverted pills, Higgins replied, “Apparently, they are going out of state for it.”

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