BANGOR, Maine — Three area men were arrested Friday on conspiracy to commit robbery and other charges after at least one of the suspects admitted to Bangor police that the group had planned to steal $2,000 from a man who had arranged to buy a pound of marijuana from them.
The trio did not have the goods, as it turned out. Instead, they planned to give their customer a nylon bag full of trash bags, making it look as though there was marijuana inside.
As it also turned out, the $2,000 never existed.
Donald McMahon, 26, of Old Town is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, violation of bail and possession of a firearm by a felon, according to court documents. He remained at Penobscot County Jail Monday night, unable to make bail set at $50,000 cash, a jail official confirmed.
Jerry Conary, 20, of Winterport is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and violation of bail. He, too, remained at the county lockup, unable to post bail set at $3,000 cash.
Richard Snow, 19, of Hampden is charged with conspiracy to commit robbery. He was released after posting his bail, which was set at $1,000.
The series of events that led to the three men’s arrests began on Friday, when Officer Taylor Bagley and Officer Gary Decker of the Bangor Police Department spotted a Winterport man that Bagley knew was wanted on warrants for unpaid fines while working in plain clothes as members of the Bangor Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team, according to an arrest report submitted by Bagley.
When officers arrested and handcuffed the man, he pleaded for police not to arrest him and offered to provide information from Facebook about drug activity in exchange for his freedom.
Because his warrants were for relatively minor offenses, police officers agreed to let him go after the investigation into the drug dealing was complete, the arrest report said.
“We had [the informant] talk with ‘Jerry’ and ask him if he had a pound of marijuana,” Bagley wrote. “Jerry wrote back that he had a pound of marijuana on him and would sell it to [the informant] for $2,000.”
Officer James Dearing monitored the drug deal, which was conducted via Facebook.
After negotiating a meeting place in Bangor, police officers advised the informant that they intended to conduct a “buy bust.”
The officers’ plan called for having the informant go to the meeting place — the parking lot of the Rite Aid pharmacy at the corner of Third and Union Streets, where police would apprehend Conary and charge him with drug trafficking upon finding any marijuana, the report said.
Deputy Police Chief Brad Johnston, however, decided that it would not be safe to allow the informant to go to the meeting place because Conary said he would bring a gun with him and would shoot the informant if he tried anything. The informant was taken to the county jail under the warrants.
When Conary turned up in the area of the meeting place, along with McMahon and Snow, the silver Hyundai he said he would arrive in was spotted parked on the Fourth Street side of the parking lot by Officer Jason Linkletter police, who relayed that information to his fellow officers, the report said.
Linkletter drove into the parking lot first, with Bagley and Decker behind him in an unmarked police car. The Hyundai then started to turn onto Fourth Street, driving away from the police cars. Linkletter pulled the car over, and he, Bagley, Decker and Officer David Farrar conducted a felony stop.
Linkletter’s drug detecting dog, Lex, was brought to the vehicle and indicated a hit. A subsequent search of the car turned up multiple marijuana buds, a prescription drug bottle containing a joint, a pouch holding a glass pipe and a 9 mm Beretta firearm, all of which was seized, the report said.
Bagley reported that when he approached him, Conary told him that he was having a hard time financially and had a wife and child to support.
“He openly told me that we were not going to find any marijuana because he knew [the informant] from the past and knew that he was ‘a retard’ and that he planned on ripping [the informant] off.”
Police later learned that McMahon had active arrest warrants and bail conditions and that he was a person of interest in connection with other robberies.