LINCOLN, Maine — Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency have arrested two Lincoln men and charged them with trafficking in oxycodone and violation of bail conditions.
With assistance from Lincoln police officers and Maine State Police, undercover MDEA agents recently purchased oxycodone from Michael D. Handy Jr., 40, who was free on bail after having pleaded guilty Dec. 18 to charges related to selling drugs in July.
Handy, who is scheduled to be sentenced in relation to his guilty plea Tuesday at Penobscot Judicial Center, is being held on $10,000 cash bail and charged with Class B trafficking in oxycodone and violation of conditions of release. He is being held at Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. He is scheduled to appear in court on the latest charges on March 7.
On Thursday, Jan. 17, agents and officers went to an Enfield Road residence in Lincoln to arrest Handy, and found James T. Dellechiaie, 34, present as well. According to Darrell Crandall, MDEA Division II commander, Dellechiaie quickly tried to hide something from the agents and then refused to show them his hands when asked to do so. The agents searched Dellechiaie and found 16 illegally possessed oxycodone tablets with an approximate total value of $640 and more than $2,200 cash on him.
Dellechiaie was also arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail, where he is currently being held on $5,000 cash bail on charges of Class B oxycodone trafficking and violation of Kennebec County Court conditions.
Both men are facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
Crandall said Dellechiaie’s underlying charges related to the bail conditions in Kennebec County were unknown. He is also awaiting a March 7 Penobscot Judicial Center court appearance.
According to Lincoln District Court records published in the Bangor Daily News Dec. 28, 2011, Dellechiaie was convicted of operating a vehicle under a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, failing to appear after bail, and theft by unauthorized taking. He was fined a total of $1,450, jailed for 6 days, ordered to pay $16.12 in restitution and had his license suspended for 90 days. He was also convicted of assault and given a 72-hour jail sentence and $300 fine in June 2008.
Crandall could not comment on more specific details of the cases against Handy and Dellechiaie, but said in general, they try to keep tabs on drug trafficking offenders, as much as time and manpower allow.
“We will endeavor in most cases to try and check people who are out [on bail] on trafficking charges to see if they’re keeping out of trouble,” Crandall said. “And in this case, we had information that Handy was continuing to sell drugs.”
A check of Penobscot County Superior Court records published by the BDN shows Handy was found guilty of aggravated operation of a vehicle after habitual offender license revocation and failure to appear after bail in June 2009. He received a one-year prison sentence, a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail for the offenses.