Camden man faces deportation after drug dealing conviction

Posted March 16, 2012, at 9:13 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 57-year-old Camden man was sentenced Friday afternoon to two years in jail after being convicted of dealing cocaine on multiple occasions.

Edward Tosswill pleaded no contest to three counts of trafficking in cocaine during June and July 2010. He was sentenced by Justice Jeffrey Hjelm to four years in jail with all but two years suspended to be followed by two years probation.

But Tosswill’s attorney Steven Peterson said that it is practically certain that Tosswill, a native of the United Kingdom, will be deported once he completes his jail term. Tosswill said he has lived in the United States since 1985. Peterson said through talks with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services he learned that the government could deport someone for a misdemeanor drug conviction but certainly would do it for felony convictions.

Maine Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue outlined the prosecution’s case against Tosswill, which consisted of the use of a confidential informant.

On one occasion, the informant gave another person money for the drug transaction which was later traced back to Tosswill as the supplier of the cocaine. On the second occasion, the vehicle being used by the middleman in the transaction broke down and he asked the female informant to drive him to Tosswill although she did not meet him. On the third occasion, the informant called Tosswill, whose telephone number she had because the middleman had borrowed her cellphone to call his supplier during the second transaction. The informant met with Tosswill in the parking lot of a Camden restaurant where he provided her the cocaine.

Drug agents and police followed Tosswill to his home, conducted a search of his home and arrested him.

Tosswill forfeited $15,683 found at his home as well as a station wagon.

Tosswill also was fined $400 for each of the drug trafficking offenses and ordered to repay the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency $1,680 for drug money and the cost of testing the substance that later turned out to be cocaine.

Peterson noted that Tosswill will have difficulty paying either the fines or restitution since he is not working and has no money. The attorney said Tosswill does have a financial interest in a local business which was not identified during the court hearing held in Knox County Superior Court.

Tosswill will begin his sentence on June 1 to allow him to deal with some personal matters.

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