BANGOR, Maine — Officers with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a Husson University student, her alleged supplier and two others on drug charges as a result of an investigation that began on the University of Maine campus earlier this month.
Arrested on April 15 on three counts of felony trafficking in Ecstasy, also known as MDMA, was Alexa Ward, who is a Husson student, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall said Thursday. Crandall said the trafficking offenses are Class B felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Her alleged supplier, 24-year-old Brock Campbell of Garland, was charged with two counts of trafficking in Ecstasy, as well as violating the conditions of his January arrest on charges of furnishing marijuana and possession of psilocybin mushrooms, Crandall said.
Crandall said Ward, who had been released on bail, was arrested again on Wednesday when drug agents found her in possession of marijuana at the Bangor residence of Nicole Cyr, 21, and Malcolm “Milk” Sanders, 23.
Cyr and Sanders, who were out on bail for their February arrests on cocaine trafficking charges, were charged with violating the conditions of their release when agents found psilocybin in their possession, Crandall said.
All four suspects remained at Penobscot County Jail on Thursday, a jail official confirmed.
According to Crandall, the investigation that led to this month’s arrests began around April 7, when MDEA agents purchased less than 2 grams of Ecstasy from Ward on the UMaine campus.
Less than a week later, on April 13, Ward reportedly sold agents several more grams of the drug in a parking lot at Husson, Crandall said. During that transaction, Ward’s Ecstasy supplier was identified as Campbell.
Two days later, arrangements were made to purchase Ecstasy from Ward a third time, Crandall said. He said that Campbell was seen meeting with Ward before and after the transaction took place.
Ward was taken into custody shortly thereafter, Crandall said. He said that Campbell’s vehicle was stopped a short distance away on Husson Avenue. Campbell was arrested and approximately $4,700 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales was confiscated.
Cyr and Sanders were arrested and Ward was arrested a second time on Wednesday when drug agents visited Cyr and Sanders’ home, Crandall said.
Crandall noted that Ecstasy is a stimulant usually found in tablet form. It is most commonly known for its popularity with young adults at night clubs and dance parties known as raves.
MDMA has been associated with emergency room visits because the drug causes an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, both of which pose health risks for people with circulatory problems or heart disease, as well as muscle tension, involuntary teeth clenching, nausea, blurred vision, faintness and chills or sweating.
Crandall said members of the Bangor Police Department and UMaine Police Department provided valuable assistance in the investigation and arrests.
Anyone with information on drug crimes may call MDEA at 800-452-6457 or visit the agency’s website at www.maine.gove/dps/mdea.