MAPLETON, Maine — Aroostook County District Attorney Neale Adams confirmed earlier this week that charges against one of the seven adults charged in connection with an investigation by the Maine Warden Service earlier this month have been dropped.
Charges against Adam S. Murphy, 18, of Mapleton for hunting fox in closed season were dropped, said Adams. The district attorney said it was decided that “charges were not merited” in this case.
Murphy was one of seven adults and a juvenile from Aroostook County who were arrested earlier this month on hunting, fishing and drug charges.
The charges came after a six-month special investigation by the warden service into illegal fishing and hunting activity.
The individuals were charged after game wardens and warden service supervisors served four search warrants and an arrest warrant in Aroostook County with the assistance of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Two of the people were arrested, and six were summoned.
The warden service received information in June alleging that Stephen Rediker, 30, of Mapleton was engaged in activities violating fish and wildlife laws. During an investigation, the warden service documented more than 90 alleged violations by Rediker, including the illegal killing of deer and moose. The investigation also revealed that Rediker had several associates who allegedly were participating in the illegal possession of fish and wildlife, resulting in additional search warrants and suspect interviews.
Rediker was arrested Jan. 12 on charges of night hunting, exceeding the bag limit on deer and killing a moose in closed season, Class D violations, along with Class C criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and Class B trafficking in prescription drugs. He was taken to Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.
Class B crimes can be punished by up to 10 years in prison, Class C up to five years in prison, and Class D less than one year in prison.
During the execution of the search warrants, wardens reportedly seized firearms, deer meat, fishing equipment, illegal drugs and other evidence.
In addition to Rediker, Julie R. Faria, 37, of Mapleton was arrested on charges of furnishing prescription drugs and possession of marijuana. She was taken to the Presque Isle Police Department, posted bail and was released.
Summoned on charges in connection with the operation were: Robin D. Cobb, 37, Woodland, possessing antlerless deer, possessing unregistered deer, cultivation of marijuana; Timothy N. Rediker Jr., 28, Presque Isle, illuminating wildlife, night hunting; Joseph H. Little, 69, Presque Isle, possessing deer killed at night, possessing deer killed in closed season, possessing antlerless deer; and Roy D. Little, 20, Mapleton, possessing deer killed at night, possessing deer killed in closed season, possessing antlerless deer.
The juvenile was issued a summons for fishing without a license and possessing trout in excess of the limit.