VEAZIE, Maine — Local police and agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency had been watching a couple living at Greystone Trailer Park on State Street over the past four months after being tipped off that they might be dealing drugs, Veazie Police Chief Mark Leonard said Wednesday.
The hours of surveillance paid off when the man and woman decided Tuesday to rent a car and go on an out-of-state drug run, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall said.
Agents “were able to follow the pair’s rental vehicle when it left Maine on Tuesday,” he said. “The vehicle went to a location in southern New England and was followed back to Penobscot County.”
MDEA agents, who wanted the car stopped once it entered the area, alerted police from all over the region. The vehicle was stopped by a Maine State Police trooper at around 1 a.m. Wednesday heading north along Interstate 95 in Carmel.
Jamie Boyd, 26, who has a lengthy criminal record, and Shawn Bryant, 27, were found inside the car with more than 260 diverted prescription pills and each was charged with felony drug trafficking and importation of scheduled drugs, Crandall said.
The rental vehicle was deliberately stopped before it arrived back in Veazie, he said.
“It’s a lot safer for us and their neighbors to deal with them at a traffic stop, especially since we had information that there was a loaded weapon in the trailer,” Crandall said.
MDEA agents found 58 methadone pills and 203 Opana — a brand name for oxymorphone — tablets hidden on Boyd during the traffic stop, police said. An additional 120 pills — 40 oxycodone and 80 oxymorphone — allegedly were found on her, hidden in a body cavity, when she was being booked into the Penobscot County Jail, which led to an additional charge of felony trafficking in prison contraband.
An hour after the traffic stop, MDEA agents and Veazie police executed a search warrant at the couple’s residence and seized more diverted prescription drugs —135 oxycodone, 63 Percocet and and two methadone pills — as well as a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.
The 581 pills seized have a street value of more than $14,000, Crandall said.
Leonard said his department is familiar with the couple, especially Boyd.
“We did a search warrant at their residence back in 2009 for marijuana cultivation and she was charged,” he said.
When someone called the department four months ago saying Boyd and Bryant were dealing drugs, Leonard immediately called the MDEA.
“We have a steadfast commitment to work closely with MDEA to pursue anyone who sells drugs in our community and the surrounding area,” he said.
Crandall said his agency would not be as effective without the help of local law enforcement.
“I cannot adequately emphasize the value of the partnerships MDEA has with local, county, state and federal agencies throughout Maine,” he said. “Without those close working relationships, these resource-intensive investigations would not be possible.”
Boyd was convicted of cultivating marijuana in 2009 and ordered to pay a $750 fine, and in the last five years has convictions for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, theft, negotiating a worthless instrument and operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, according to court reports printed in the Bangor Daily News.
Boyd’s bail was set at $8,000 cash and Bryant’s at $5,000. Both remained in jail late Wednesday afternoon.
If convicted of either the felony drug trafficking or felony importation of scheduled drugs, both Boyd and Bryant face up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. The penalty for trafficking in prison contraband carries a penalty of five years behind bars and a fine of up to $5,000.