June 22, 2018
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Mass. judge sets $50,000 bail for Bangor man arrested in connection with allegedly possessing designer drug, heroin

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Massachusetts judge Tuesday morning set bail at $50,000 cash for a Bangor man arrested Saturday night in Brockton, Mass., on drug charges.

Patrick Lee, 32, is charged with two counts of possession of narcotics with the intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Mark White, 25, of Argyle, who was arrested with Lee, is facing the same charges. As of 11:30 a.m., he had not appeared before a judge, according to the clerk’s office in Brockton District Court.

Massachusetts State Police said in a press release that investigators found approximately 12 grams of a tan chunky substance believed to be heroin and about 16 grams of “Molly,” the designer drug also known as MDMA, in a vehicle.

A third man, Brandon Kerr, 23, of Bangor is expected to be held without bail on two warrants issued from the Penobscot Judicial Center and a third from New Bedford, Mass. The Maine warrants were issued in December 2011 after Kerr failed to appear in court on two theft charges and failed to pay fines on 2009 drug convictions.

Molly was described by the Boston Herald as “a potent powder form of the hallucinogen ecstasy.” It was suspected of being behind the fatal overdose of 19-year-old Brittany Flannigan of Derry, N.H., at the House of Blues in Boston last week, as well as the deaths of a 20-year-old University of New Hampshire student from Rhode Island and a 23-year-old Syracuse University graduate during the first two days of New York City’s annual Electric Zoo music festival over the weekend, the newspaper said in an article published Sunday.

New York City police shut the event down because of the two deaths, the Herald reported.

Seizures of the drug have been made in Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Ellsworth, Lewiston and Portland, Roy McKinney, director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, said Tuesday in an email. As of July 31, seizures of the drug by the MDEA totaled 2.6 ounces.

The drug agency has arrested four individuals this year for possession of MDMA, McKinney said in the email. Two were charged with drug possession at the July 3 Phish concert in Bangor and two others were charged with distribution of the drug in January in Belfast and in February in Lewiston.

The same number of people were arrested in 2012 and a total of about 7 ounces was seized, he said.

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