BRIDGEWATER, Maine — A Canadian man suspected of supplying drugs to a Houlton man already convicted of drug trafficking was captured by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday afternoon.
Darrell Crandall, the MDEA division commander, said Monday that Reginald Stockford, 39, of New Brunswick was stopped Saturday and held at the Bridgewater Port of Entry by Customs and Border Protection officials.
Crandall said a warrant for Stockford’s arrest had been issued by the Aroostook County Superior Court on a charge of unlawful trafficking in methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
Stockford is accused of supplying methamphetamine to Paul Folsom, 41, of Houlton, who was sentenced on Nov. 16 in Superior Court in Houlton on two counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs. He was arrested in September 2010 by members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and indicted two months later.
As part of a plea agreement, Folsom was sentenced to eight years in prison with all but three years suspended and a $1,000 fine on the first count. He was given a three-year concurrent sentence along with a $1,000 fine on the second count.
As part of an MDEA investigation, a cooperating individual set up a meeting with Folsom in the parking lot of a Houlton grocery store. Folsom sold the individual methamphetamine tablets and was paid $500. The sale was recorded by MDEA agents. Folsom and the cooperating individual also made arrangements to meet the next day. They again met in the parking lot of the grocery store and Folsom sold the individual more methamphetamine. He was arrested a short time later.
During Folsom’s sentencing, Stockford was named in court as the drug supplier. Crandall said Monday that both men were part of a group targeted for investigation by MDEA in the fall of 2010. He said that the methamphetamine tablets were being smuggled into the state from New Brunswick to be sold in The County.
The MDEA investigation resulted in the seizure of more than 4,400 dosage units of methamphetamine with a retail street value of $130,000, according to Crandall. Agents have made 12 arrests during the investigation, including Saturday’s arrest of Stockford. Stockford made an initial appearance in court Monday and his bail is set at $50,000 cash. If convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison.
Additional arrests remain possible before this investigation is closed, according to Crandall.
The Houlton Police Department, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Homeland Security Investigations and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police assisted MDEA with the investigation and arrests.