June 23, 2018
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Police arrest husband and wife during Brunswick drug raid

By Beth Brogan, Times Record

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A 46-year-old Brunswick man with a long history of drug convictions was arrested again Wednesday morning after Maine Drug Enforcement agents from Portland and the Brunswick Police Department executed a search warrant at his Maquoit Road home.

Charles “Muggy” McKenney Jr., 46, of 68 Maquoit Road, was charged with two counts of Class A felony aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, Brunswick Police Detective Rich Cutliffe said following the incident.

The charge was elevated due to McKenney’s criminal history, which includes a 2007 conviction for Class A felony aggravated trafficking in Oxycontin, according to The Times Record archives.

McKenney’s wife, 45-year-old Lori Jean McKenney, was also charged following Wednesday’s search warrant. Lori McKenney was arrested for violation of probation after testing positive for oxycodone and marijuana, Brunswick Police Sgt. Martin Rinaldi said today. She was on probation for a previous conviction of Class B felony unlawful trafficking in Schedule B drugs, Cutliffe said.

MDEA agents and the Brunswick Police Department Strategic Response Team and patrol officers surrounded McKenney’s home just after 10 a.m. Wednesday and executed a “no knock” search warrant.

A short time later, an officer emerged leading Charles McKenney in handcuffs to a patrol car.

A search of the home allegedly yielded 14 Oxycontin pills, just less than two ounces of marijuana, digital scales and approximately $1,100 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug transactions, Cutliffe said. The money was allegedly hidden in a child’s bedroom.

Charles McKenney was previously convicted of felonies, including unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, aggravated assault and aggravated forgery, according to Cutliffe. Past misdemeanor convictions include two counts of unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs and acquiring drugs by deception.

In May 2005, he and his wife were arrested in South Portland after police searched his truck and found 120 Oxycontin pills, approximately 14 grams of cocaine, several bags of heroin and cash concealed in the truck’s cargo area.

He was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to four years in jail with all but 15 months suspended and two years probation, then released from jail on probation in the middle of 2008.

In June 2009, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested him on charges of illegal possession of methadone and violation of probation following a raid on a Richmond home and a subsequent search warrant executed at his Maquoit Road home.

Cutliffe said he expects more charges to follow as a result of the current investigation, which he said was successful in large part due to the efforts of Brunswick Police Officer Tom Stanton.

Rinaldi on Wednesday praised Cutliffe for being “tenacious throughout this lengthy investigation.”

Both McKenneys remained in Cumberland County Jail on Thursday morning. Lori McKenney is being held without bail, and Charles McKenney is being held on $10,000 cash. He is scheduled to appear in Portland Superior Court on Aug. 21.

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