Easton man facing drug charges after MDEA raid

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted June 03, 2010, at 6:04 p.m.

EASTON, Maine — An Easton man was arrested by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday after agents located a cache of illegal prescription medications and other drugs and drug paraphernalia at his home.

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said Thursday that agents executed a search warrant at the Bear Trap Road home of Leslie Smith, 22, on Wednesday evening.

During the search, agents seized 30 illegally possessed OxyContin tablets with a retail street value of $3,000, nearly $4,000 in cash and three handguns, one loaded, Crandall said. One of the handguns had a magazine that can hold 31 rounds of ammunition.

Agents also discovered a small amount of crack cocaine, approximately a quarter-pound of marijuana, drug ledgers, scales and other evidence, according to the DEA.

Smith, who was at home at the time of the search, was arrested and taken to Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

He is charged with felony aggravated trafficking in OxyContin. Crandall said the offense is classified as aggravated because of the presence of the handguns. Smith is scheduled to make an initial appearance in Aroostook County Superior Court on Aug. 19.

Crandall said that the MDEA investigation into Smith had been under way for less than a week, during which agents were able to make a purchase of OxyContin from the suspect at his residence.

If convicted of the Class A offense, Smith faces a minimum of four years in prison.

Deputies from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department and troopers with the Maine State Police assisted MDEA agents with the search.

Anyone with information on drug crimes may contact MDEA toll free at 800-452-6457 or by going online: www.maine.gov/dps/mdea/drugtip.html.

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