Three charged with smuggling drugs into state

Posted March 16, 2010, at 7:32 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

MARS HILL, Maine — Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers have arrested and charged two Mars Hill men and a Florida man with smuggling large amounts of oxycodone into Aroostook County where it then was sold.

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said Tuesday that agents received information earlier this year that Sean Levasseur, 26, of Mars Hill was receiving oxycodone through a commercial parcel service. Once he had the prescription narcotic in his possession, he allegedly was selling it, according to the MDEA.

While watching Levasseur’s Presque Isle Road home, agents saw a parcel truck make a delivery and later sent an informant to the home to buy the drug from Levasseur. Officers executed a search warrant at Levasseur’s house the next time a delivery was made and recovered more than 70 oxycodone tablets hidden in a ceramic egg.

Agents identified 49-year-old Keith McKimm of Spring Hills, Fla., as the source of the drugs, then worked with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to confirm McKimm’s address and obtain an arrest warrant for him. The FDLE officers arrested McKimm as a fugitive from justice on the Maine warrant.

Both McKimm and Levasseur were charged with trafficking in Schedule W drugs, a Class B crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $20,000.

The MDEA alleges that a third man, Michael Albert, 43, of Mars Hill, introduced McKimm and Levasseur and facilitated drug transactions for which he was paid cash. Albert has been charged with Class C conspiracy for his alleged role in the criminal activity. Class C crimes are punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.

Agents allege that as many as 20 packages were shipped from Florida to Maine over a six-month period, with a total pill count ranging from no less than 1,000 to as many as 5,000.

At the price Levasseur was charging, the retail value of this enterprise is estimated between $35,000 and $175,000, Crandall said Tuesday.

McKimm waived extradition, and MDEA officers will bring him back to Maine in the near future to face the charges.

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