Canadian man asks for jury trial on methamphetamine charge

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 18, 2012, at 3:27 p.m.

BRIDGEWATER, Maine — A Canadian man charged with supplying drugs to a Houlton man already convicted of drug trafficking requested a jury trial during a court appearance Wednesday.

Reginald Stockford, 39, appeared in Aroostook County Superior Court in Houlton before Justice E. Allen Hunter. He was represented by attorney Richard Rhoda of Houlton.

The New Brunswick man was captured by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency last month and arrested on a charge of unlawful trafficking in methamphetamine, a Class B felony. He has pleaded not guilty.

On Dec. 10, 2011, Stockford was crossing into the United States from Canada and was detained at the Bridgewater port of entry by Customs and Border Protection officials who discovered that a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

He is accused of supplying methamphetamine to Paul Folsom, 41, of Houlton, who was sentenced on Nov. 16, 2011, in Superior Court in Houlton on two counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs. Folsom had been arrested in September 2010 by members of the MDEA 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.

During Folsom’s sentencing, Stockford was named in court as the drug supplier. Both men were part of a group targeted for investigation by MDEA in the fall of 2010 as agents worked on a case involving methamphetamine tablets 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 Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander.

If convicted, Stockford faces up to 10 years in prison.

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