EAST MADISON, Maine — A local man is behind bars thanks to a drug bust that resulted in the seizure of more than $42,000 in drug proceedings and $4,500 worth of contraband, according to sheriff’s deputies.
Dustin Page, 25, who was on probation for a 2011 drug trafficking conviction, was charged with aggravated trafficking in a scheduled W drug after his Nov. 6 arrest, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.
The charge was elevated to aggravated because of Page’s prior felony conviction in 2011.
On the morning of Page’s arrest, a search warrant was executed at his East Madison Road residence after an investigation regarding Page allegedly importing controlled pills from outside the state for resale, according to Lancaster.
Page was arrested without incident, and 123 controlled oxycodone, methadone and Flexeril pills were seized, along with about $32,984 in cash believed to be drug trafficking money, Lancaster said.
On Tuesday, a second search warrant was conducted at Page’s residence thanks to follow-up investigative efforts after his arrest, according to Lancaster.
Police were able to recover 45 oxycodone pills, ¼ pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $9,860 in cash, Lancaster said. In addition to the cash, a total of 168 pills were seized between the two search warrants.
In addition to the Class A felony aggravated trafficking charge, Page is accused of three counts of possession of schedule drugs, and more charges against him and others allegedly involved are likely,on Wednesday.
“This was a significant drug case that the Somerset County detectives worked to a successful conclusion,” Lancaster said.
Page faces up to 30 years in jail and a $10,000 fine if convicted of the aggravated drug trafficking charge.