Presque Isle man gets 6 years for drug trafficking

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 09, 2011, at 7:50 p.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — A Presque Isle man charged last year for his role in trafficking drugs into Aroostook County was sentenced on Thursday to several years in prison.

Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins said Friday that Robert Merriam, 51, was handed his sentence for aggravated trafficking in oxycodone in Superior Court in Caribou by Justice Robert Murray, a visiting judge. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but six years suspended, 4 years of probation and a $4,000 fine.

The charges were the result of an investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

According to MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall, the inquiry began after agents based in The County began looking into reports of Merriam receiving large quantities of prescription painkillers from a South Daytona, Florida-based drug supplier and selling them.

With the assistance of U.S. postal inspectors, agents obtained records that showed packages being delivered from Florida to Presque Isle. A package containing 750 oxycodone tablets was eventually intercepted en route to Presque Isle. The retail street value of the drugs was $30,000, according to MDEA.

During their investigation, MDEA agents intercepted a package containing $4,600 destined for 23-year-old Joseph Bolda of Florida, Crandall said. The investigation revealed that more than 20 similar deliveries of drugs and money occurred between April and October of 2010, he said.

Bolda later was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in oxycodone, as was Jason Parsons, 32, of Presque Isle. Aggravated trafficking in oxycodone, a Class A crime, is punishable by up to 30 years in jail and a $50,000 fine.

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