WISCASSET, Maine — Two inmates at Two Bridges Regional Jail have been charged with trafficking in prison contraband after allegedly smuggling and then bartering or selling the narcotic Suboxone in the cellblock.
Tyler McFarland, 32, of Gray, and Mark Johnson, 31, of Bath, are both charged with the Class C crime, according to Lt. Michael Murphy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
McFarland was also charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly injuring Johnson in a fight during the weekend of Aug. 4.
Murphy said drugs were seized during the investigation, although he wasn’t sure of the quantity.
Murphy said the two inmates were allegedly bartering for the drugs through a commissary system in which inmates set up accounts to buy toiletries, snacks and other items.
“They were having people put money on their accounts and then bartering for those drugs,” he said.
The investigation continues, and Murphy said the Lincoln County District Attorney’s office might file charges against those who helped McFarland and Johnson smuggle the drugs into the jail.