Rockland man faces cocaine charges

Posted Feb. 19, 2011, at 2:36 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Police seized $3,000 worth of drugs, two televisions and $11,000 in cash from a Rockland man charged with aggravated trafficking of cocaine and possession of hydrocodone.

Police arrested Duane Mackie, 47, Wednesday after several months of investigating. According to a press release, police found 1 ounce of cocaine, prescription pills, scales, drug paraphernalia, $11,000 in cash and two flat-panel TVs in his home. Police believe the TVs were stolen from local stores and are investigating the possible thefts. Mackie was brought to Knox County Jail, where he remained Friday.

Rockland Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency conducted the investigations.

In a separate investigation, MDEA agents arrested Grable Thomas, 35, of Lewiston on a charge of trafficking cocaine.

The agency, working with Brunswick Police Department, investigated Thomas for one month before they caught him Tuesday, Feb. 15, selling cocaine, according to a press release issued Thursday by the MDEA.

Police say they found 2 grams of cocaine and $800 in Thomas’ possession. When they searched his home on Main Street in Lewiston, they allegedly found another ounce of cocaine. He was brought to jail and made bail the same day.

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