BAILEYVILLE, Maine — Two local men have been arrested on felony drug trafficking charges as part of an ongoing joint criminal investigation by the Baileyville Police Department and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The investigation began in January, MDEA Division Cmdr. Darrell Crandall said Thursday. Over the past several months, MDEA agents, assisted by Baileyville police officers, reportedly were able to purchase narcotics from Ted MacArthur and Patrick McGouldrick, both 21. The officers used informants to purchase the drugs.
MacArthur was charged with trafficking in heroin and Dilaudid on May 18, and McGouldrick was charged with trafficking in OxyContin on May 25. All of these crimes are Class B felonies, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Crandall said the sales of the prescription drugs are just as big of a concern to MDEA as is the sale of heroin. “Once a pill is crushed and either snorted or put in a needle, it’s the same as heroin. And the consequences are the same,” he said.
Crandall said the investigation into the alleged activities by MacArthur and McGouldrick began following citizen complaints of drug trafficking activity by the pair.
According to Crandall, MacArthur was already in Washington County Jail on unrelated violations when charged with the drug offense.
McGouldrick and MacArthur also are facing burglary charges after an extensive joint investigation by the Baileyville police and MDEA into a recent string of local burglaries. Details on the burglaries were not available Thursday.