Agencies team up to bust 2 for trafficking

By Darcie Moore, Times Record
Posted May 16, 2011, at 9:54 p.m.

BATH, Maine — The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday announced two recent and unrelated arrests resulting from multiagency investigations of oxycodone trafficking in the Bath-Brunswick area.

According to Chief Deputy Brett Strout, deputies arrested Edward Guthro, 45, of Phippsburg at 4:56 p.m. May 9 for trafficking in oxycodone. Guthro was charged with two Class B counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs. His arrest resulted from a joint operation of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Bath Police Department, Phippsburg Police Department and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department, according to Strout.

Guthro is suspected of trafficking large amounts of oxycodone and previously was arrested for a similar offense, according to a drug investigator for the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department. After arresting Guthro, officers took him to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. He has been released with bail conditions.

A Georgetown man was arrested April 25 in West Bath for a similar though unrelated trafficking charge that started with a traffic stop, according to the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department drug investigator. Phillip Warren, 24, was charged with Class B unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, Class D failing to submit to arrest and a Class E violation of conditions of release on Route 1 in West Bath.

During the April 25 traffic stop, Sagadahoc County Deputy Ian Alexander conducted a bail check because Warren was subject to random checks based on a previous domestic violence arrest. Alexander reportedly saw that Warren had some marijuana concealed in his shoe and was preparing to place handcuffs on him when Warren allegedly attempted to flee. In doing so he allegedly pushed Bath Patrol Officer Rick Ross.

Warren made it only about 200 feet into the woods, where MDEA agents apprehended him moments later. He was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail and is scheduled to appear in Sagadahoc County Superior Court date on June 14.

Warren’s arrest marked the culmination of a lengthy joint investigation by MDEA, Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department and Bath Police Department into his suspected drug trafficking. Warren is suspected of trafficking large amounts of oxycodone in the Bath-Brunswick area, law enforcement officials allege.

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