ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge set bail Wednesday at $100,000 cash for a 68-year-old man accused of supplying a large amount of oxycodone to the midcoast area.
“He [Joseph Dupaw] fits the criteria of a career criminal as anyone I’ve ever seen,” District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau said during a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon in Rockland District Court.
Dupaw and Andrew Goupil, 33, both of Dresden, were arrested Tuesday morning in Rockland as they were about to board a ferry for Vinalhaven. Each was charged with trafficking in drugs.
Dupaw’s criminal record dates to 1965, the prosecutor said. Dupaw’s crimes include armed robbery in 1975 in Vermont, for which he was sentenced to five to 10 years, and bank robbery in 1977 in Vermont, for which he was sentenced to eight years in prison. Dupaw then moved to Maine upon his release and was convicted of robbery before being sentenced in federal court in 1998 to more than 14 years in prison for possession of a firearm by a felon.
He is out on bail from Lincoln County on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated criminal trespass.
“He has a monumental criminal record,” Rushlau said.
Defense attorney William Pagnano said that $100,000 bail for a drug charge was extremely high if not excessive. He said Dupaw has resided in Dresden since 2006 and has family in Maine.
Judge Susan Sparaco said because of the defendant’s record and the potential jail time he faces at his age, the $100,000 bail was appropriate.
Bail for Goupil was set at $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety.
The affidavit filed in court by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency states that an undercover agent met Goupil and the suspect said he had a man who could supply them with a lot of oxycodone. The supplier turned out to be Dupaw, according to the affidavit.
The MDEA alleges that the two men have been selling hundreds of oxycodone pills in Lincoln and Knox counties for several months. The two men have been under investigation for several months, according to the news release.
MDEA Supervisor James Pease said in a news release Tuesday that 200 pills were seized along with $1,550. The street value of the drugs was $7,000, according to the release.