BANGOR, Maine — One was found with a diverted 30 milligram oxycodone pill and the other one had needles and a tin with what police say was oxycodone prepared for injection, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.
Michael J. Nickerson, 23, and his female passenger, Nicole Dupont, 22, both of Holden, were caught with the drugs and drug paraphernalia at around 5 p.m. Friday after someone called police to report two people in a car using drugs, the sergeant said.
Officers Joe Baillargeon and Jason Stuart found the two in the parking lot of the Rite Aid on Union Street. Nickerson and Dupont were searched.
“Mr. Nickerson was in possession of a 30 mg oxycodone pill that was tightly wrapped in a napkin, and Ms. Dupont was in possession of hypodermic needles and a small tin lid that dented inwards which contained a bluish watery substance later allegedly determined to be a crushed oxycodone pill that is consistent with being intravenously injected,” Edwards said in a statement.
When oxycodone is prepared for injection, it is crushed, heated and becomes a bluish liquid that can be drawn into a needle, Edwards explained.
Police do not know where the diverted prescription pill was purchased, but “she bought the hypodermic needles at the Rite Aid,” the sergeant said, referring to Dupont.
It is not uncommon for people to call police and report drug use, Edwards said.
“We do get calls occasionally of drug abuse in vehicles, and I’ve seen a few in pharmacy parking lots,” the sergeant said.
Both Nickerson and Dupont were charged with unlawful possession of a scheduled drug.
Nickerson was convicted last year of operating a vehicle while under influence of intoxicants and failing to stop, remain and provide information to police, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)