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2 charged with felony drug trafficking in Bangor

Posted Sept. 13, 2012, at 6:47 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday arrested a Bangor man and a man from New York on felony drug trafficking charges after a surveillance operation on Bolling Drive.

Jeramie Schell, 35, of Bangor was charged with felony trafficking in oxycodone and unrelated arrest warrants, Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said in a news release issued late Thursday afternoon. Crandall said the trafficking charge against Schell is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.

Dereck Ntim, 25, of the Bronx, N.Y., was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, a Class A felony. If convicted, Ntim could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Crandall said the two men were arrested by MDEA agents who were conducting a surveillance operation near 15 Bolling Drive in Bangor. The agents were looking for Schell.

As part of a criminal investigation, MDEA agents had purchased drugs from Schell last month, Crandall said.

Shortly after 2 p.m., a vehicle pulled into the parking lot of 15 Bolling Drive, Crandall said. Agents watched Schell leave an apartment, walk to the vehicle and talk with the people inside. Agents moved in and took Schell into custody, he said.

The people inside the vehicle were identified as Ntim and a local woman, who was not charged with a crime.

A search of the vehicle turned up 78 oxycodone tablets — valued at $3,100 — and more than $6,500 in cash, which were seized, Crandall said.

Crandall said Ntim and Schell will make their initial appearances at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor in the coming weeks.

The Bangor Police Department assisted with the arrests, Crandall said. He said the Maine attorney general’s office will be prosecuting the case.

Information on drug crimes may be reported to MDEA at 800-452-6457, via the agency’s website at www.maine.gov.dps/mdea or through the MDEA’s smartphone application for iPhone and Android at MyPD.

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