Michigan couple arrested on charges of bringing $25,500 worth of oxycodone to Presque Isle

Posted March 21, 2011, at 5:44 p.m.
Last modified March 21, 2011, at 8:45 p.m.
Keisha Thomas
Keisha Thomas
Jason Gill
Jason Gill

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A couple from Detroit, Mich., remained in the Aroostook County Jail on Monday after making initial court appearances via video on felony charges of aggravated trafficking in oxycodone.

Jason Gill, 26, and Keisha Thomas, 19, both of Detroit were arrested late Saturday night at a Presque Isle motel room after the couple arrived by bus with 510 30-milligram tablets of oxycodone worth $25,500, according to police.

Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were tipped off a few weeks ago that Gill had come to northern Maine several times in the past to supply the area with the prescription narcotic, according to an MDEA press release issued Monday afternoon.

After learning that Gill would arrive in Presque Isle on the bus Saturday night with between 400 and 600 oxycodone tablets, agents arranged surveillance and then were able to buy 45 tablets from Gill at the motel, according to the release.

The agents then obtained a search warrant for the room and seized 465 more tablets, police said. The MDEA statement indicates that Gill’s female companion transported the drugs in a body cavity from a bus stop in Ohio to Maine, for which she was to be paid $500.

Gill and Thomas were taken Saturday to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton where they remained Monday after making initial appearances via video in Houlton District Court. Gill’s bail was set at $50,000 cash, while Thomas’ was set at $25,000.

If convicted of the Class A offense, each faces no less than four years in prison, according to police.

“Detecting and disrupting this type of criminal activity continues to be a major burden on Maine law enforcement,” according to a statement issued by MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall. “Out of state drug traffickers are drawn to the high profit margin that retail trafficking in prescription pain killers offers in Maine.”

Crandall estimated each 30-milligram oxycodone tablet sells for as much as $50 in northern Maine.

Anyone with information on drug crimes may call MDEA at 800-452-6457 or may post information confidentially at www.maine.gov/dps/mdea.

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