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Wanted man nabbed after allegedly setting up drug exchange with MDEA agent

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle man who has been dodging arrest by the Presque Isle Police Deparment for two weeks was nabbed Thursday night after he reportedly mistakenly called a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officer and tried to set up a drug exchange.

Presque Isle Police Deputy Chief Laurie Kelly said Friday that John K. Perkins, 24, who was wanted in connection with an armed robbery in the city two weeks ago, was picked up by police Thursday night. Perkins and Nicholetta A. Martin, 29, both of Presque Isle, allegedly robbed a 26-year-old local man in the early morning hours on Nov. 3. Martin turned herself in to police later that day, but Perkins remained at large.

Investigators received a report about 1 a.m. Nov. 3 from the man who said he had been robbed at knifepoint. Police said the 26-year-old victim suffered minor injuries to his hand after Martin and Perkins stole an undisclosed amount of money from him and left the scene in his vehicle.

Police recovered the vehicle a short time later, parked a short distance away. The suspects apparently had then fled on foot.

Kelly said Friday that the MDEA called the department Thursday night after Perkins allegedly called an agent and asked him if he would take part in a drug exchange.

“I don’t know who he thought he was calling,” said Kelly. “He called the agent and wanted to make a drug exchange. For example, he would give him pot in exchange for other drugs. The MDEA set up the buy and called us.”

MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall said Friday that Perkins wanted to trade the marijuana he had for some Suboxone.

Kelly said that Perkins didn’t appear for the exchange himself, but sent his 20-year-old sister, Lacie Gagnon of Presque Isle. The MDEA arrested her and charged her with trafficking in marijuana and violation of conditions of release.

A short time later, police got an anonymous call alerting them that Perkins was at a nearby residence. He was arrested without incident, but Kelly said he told the arresting officers that he had “swallowed a bottle of pills and drank some alcohol.” Kelly said that Perkins has said the same thing when he was arrested in the past. Officers took him for treatment at The Aroostook Medical Center and then charged him with robbery, theft and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Officers Kevin Reed, Larry Fickett, Cole Chandler, Lynn Hartley, Larry Fickett and Sgt. Eric Erickson participated in the investigation.

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