Police arrest 3rd person in Ellsworth-area drug case

Posted June 29, 2012, at 12:57 p.m.
Tyler R. Walker
Tyler R. Walker

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police have made another arrest that they say is connected to the arrests last week of a local businessman and woman for alleged drug trafficking.

Tyler R. Walker, 29, of Blue Hill was arrested Thursday at his parents’ home in Eddington on a charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, according to a statement released Friday morning by Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The drug involved in Walker’s arrest is oxycodone, according to police.

It is the same charge that Patrick C. Jordan, 43, and Julie Edwards, 47, each were charged with on June 20 when the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency observed the duo participating in an alleged drug transaction in the parking lot of a High Street motel in Ellsworth. Police say that immediately following the transaction, they stopped Jordan and Edwards and in Jordan’s truck found 87 30-milligram oxycodone tablets, which have a total value of $3,500, and $4,495 in cash, which they said is believed to be the proceeds from the sale of drugs.

Jordan and Edwards each were arrested at the scene and later bailed out of Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth.

Police said in the statement that Walker’s arrest is “directly tied” to those of Edwards and Jordan, but they declined to release further details about what the connections might be.

Unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs is a class B felony crime, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Jordan is the president of R.F. Jordan & Sons, a local construction firm that employs approximately 60 people. In 2006, under his leadership, R.F. Jordan & Sons received the Top Drawer Award from the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, Jordan and his wife gave $100,000 to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth to put toward construction of its new emergency care facility.

Jordan also was serving as president of the board of directors of the James Russell Wiggins Downeast Family YMCA in Ellsworth at the time of his arrest. Earlier this week, Jordan released a statement indicating that is resigning from the YMCA board of directors because of the allegations.

MDEA indicated Friday in the statement that Walker was taken to Hancock County Jail, where he is being held on $1,000 bail.

Like Jordan and Edwards, Walker is scheduled to appear on the charge in Hancock County Superior Court on Sept. 18, 2012.

Follow BDN reporter Bill Trotter on Twitter at @billtrotter.

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