June 21, 2018
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Man charged with trafficking oxycodone, brother accused of heroin possession in Berwick bust

By Christina Higginbotham, Foster's Daily Democrat

BERWICK, Maine — A local resident is accused of trafficking $25,000 worth of oxycodone pills in Maine and various New Hampshire communities.

Law enforcement authorities arrested Donald Packer, 38, of 8A Jordan St. in Berwick on Saturday and subsequently executed a search warrant at his residence, where Packer lived with his girlfriend, three children and brother Timothy Packer, 36.

Timothy Packer was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of heroin. He was released on bail for pending charges and was charged with violation of bail release conditions.

Saturday afternoon Maine Drug Enforcement Agents from the York District Task Force worked in conjunction with the Berwick Police, the N.H. Attorney Generals Drug Task Force, and Somersworth and Rochester police officials to arrest Packer after a substantial joint investigation.

According to Detective Bill Russell, Berwick police officers stopped Donald Packer in town and he was found with 1,100 oxycodone 30 mg pills, which have an estimated street value of $25,000. Police say Packer had just traveled to southern New England where he picked up the oxycodone and then transported them into New Hampshire and within the state, where he would distribute large amounts to other dealers.

Police say based on Packer’s arrest, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force was able to serve a search warrant in New Hampshire to areas Packer was reportedly distributing. That search yielded the seizure of approximately 365 pills including percocet, clonazepam, and oxycodone and $15,000 in cash of suspected drug proceeds.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force is continuing with its investigation and future arrests are anticipated.

Donald Packer was transported to York County Jail and is being held on $10,000 cash bail. He is awaiting a court appearance.

Timothy Packer was also transported to the York County Jail with a $1,000 cash bail, where is awaits a court appearance.

Law enforcement authorities say because of this investigation between Maine and New Hampshire law enforcement, there has been a great disruption of the supply chain of diverted pharmaceuticals and 1,465 pills are now off the street.

Distributed by MCT Information Services


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