OLD TOWN, Maine — Old Town police who were investigating a family dispute early Tuesday ended up arresting one of the witnesses who they discovered was wanted for failing to appear in court to face felony drug trafficking charges, Sgt. Michael Hashey said.
Richard Watson, 25, of Orono was arrested at 7:30 a.m. on the outstanding warrant and taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, he said.
Old Town police Sgt. Travis Roy said Watson, who was wanted on a nationwide extraditable warrant, was arrested after police were called to Riverside Mobile Home Park to investigate a dispute between a woman who lives there and her former boyfriend, Nicholas Mitchell, 23, of Alton. Mitchell and the woman have a son together, Roy said.
Roy said that the woman, whose name is being withheld, told police that Mitchell was inside her mobile home trying to retrieve an Xbox video game system and a folder of DVDs.
Mitchell, who had bail conditions prohibiting him from being in contact with the woman and being at her residence, was arrested on a charge of violating the conditions of his release and then taken to the Penobscot County Jail.
According to Roy and Hashey, Old Town police arrested Watson, who was at the residence for a reason not cited in police reports, after determining he was wanted.
Watson and his girlfriend Amie Thomas, 25, were initially arrested in October when undercover agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency bought oxycodone from them while they and their small child were living on Highland Avenue in Bangor, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall has said.
Watson and Thomas, who have since moved to Elm Street in Orono, were arrested by the MDEA again on Feb. 15 when drug agents reportedly bought oxycodone again from Watson.
Since he was still on bail for his October arrest, Watson was charged with another count of felony drug trafficking as well as with violating his conditions of release. When he didn’t show up for court, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Thomas was tested for drug use on Feb. 15, a test she failed, and that led to her arrest for violating her bail conditions, Crandall said.
Watson, whose bail was set at $2,000 cash, remained in jail Tuesday evening, a jail official said. If convicted of the felony drug charges, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
Mitchell also remained at the county jail, pending a court appearance set for Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.