PORTLAND, Maine — A New York man is facing drug charges after he rode on a bus to Maine with oxycodone pills in his underwear, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration said Thursday.
According to an affidavit filed by John Bourque of the DEA, Michael Falu, 25, rode from New York to Portland with more than 1,200 oxycodone pills in his underwear. He is facing a Class C felony charge of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
According to the affidavit, DEA Special Agent Paul Wolf received a call from Jason Pease of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday indicating that he was in the process of debriefing a confidential source regarding oxycodone trafficking.
Pease explained to Wolf that the source had been contacting a woman regarding the availability of oxycodone pills.
The woman told the source that “there was nothing around,” the affidavit states, and the woman was on her way to pick up her “guy” from the Portland Transportation Center at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
DEA Task Force Agent Joshua Guay was able to determine that Concord Trailways had a 1:55 p.m. bus arriving in Portland from Boston on Wednesday, and drug agents established surveillance at the building at 1:45.
As passengers got off the bus, Wolf observed a man later identified as Falu exit the bus and enter the terminal through a door not usually used by passengers and walk to the front of the ticket counter.
After observing a text message on his phone, Falu walked into the parking lot and got into a blue Dodge Caravan occupied by a man and a woman, according to the affidavit. Agents made contact with the female driver, the same one whom the confidential source had contacted about the drugs.
Wolf removed Falu from the rear passenger seat and when he was patted down, a package of what felt like pills was found in the crotch area of Falu’s clothing. Falu was secured in handcuffs, but Guay couldn’t retrieve the pills because “they appeared to be in the lining of his boxer shorts and could not easily be removed,” the affidavit said.
Falu was taken to the Cumberland County Jail after his identification was confirmed. The bag found in Falu’s boxers contained approximately 1,249 pills, the affidavit said.
Falu remained at the jail Thursday.