MDEA agents arrest East Machias man for selling prescription painkillers

Posted Jan. 15, 2012, at 4:19 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 15, 2012, at 5:48 p.m.

EAST MACHIAS, Maine — Maine Drug Enforcement agents from the Down East District Task Force arrested an East Machias man on Thursday afternoon for selling prescription painkillers. On two consecutive days in late December, MDEA agents purchased OxyContin from Arthur Worster, 28, at his residence on Chase Mills Road. The 80 milligram OxyContin tablets were manufactured in Canada and smuggled into Maine before the sale. Agents followed Worster into the parking lot of an East Machias business on Jan. 11, and took him into custody without incident.

Worster is charged with aggravated trafficking in OxyContin, a Class A felony offense. Agents took Worster to the Washington County Jail, where bail was set at $10,000 cash. His initial appearance in Washington County Superior Court is scheduled for May 21,and if convicted, Worster faces no less than four years in prison.

This is not the first time Worster and MDEA agents have met. In November 2005, agents arrested Worster in Marshfield for selling hydrocodone — another powerful painkiller marketed as Vicodin. Worster was convicted of the offense in April 2007 and sentenced to three years in jail with all but 60 days suspended. Because of this conviction, Worster’s current trafficking charge is aggravated.

MDEA was assisted in this investigation by the Maine State Police.

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