Stories about Maine Drug Enforcement Agency

Georgette Curran of Cundy's Harbor in Harpswell is fighting to keep her school of koi, which the state has told her are illegal.

State to hear Harpswell woman’s appeal to keep neutered squirrel, flightless blue jay

By Beth Brogan on April 28, 2014, at 5:36 p.m.
The fate of a crippled blue jay and neutered gray squirrel could hang in the balance as a 66-year-old Cundy’s Harbor woman appears before Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife officials Tuesday to argue that she should be allowed to keep the two animals. In March, …
Rep. Mark Dion

LePage’s ‘war on drugs’ plan spurs effort to vote on legalizing, taxing marijuana

By Christopher Cousins on March 24, 2014, at 5:57 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Discussion about expanding treatment for drug addicts, or perhaps legalizing and taxing marijuana, has slowed review of Gov. Paul LePage’s legislation to significantly expand Maine’s ability to arrest and prosecute drug dealers. In his State of the State address in February, LePage said he wants 22 new …
A Maine Drug Enforcement Agency vehicle sits outside a mobile home in Danforth that caught fire Friday not long after a 5-month-old boy was reported dead at the home. Police charged the boy's parents with drug trafficking Saturday after investigators examining the fire scene found evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing inside the home.

Parents of dead baby in Danforth charged with making methamphetamine

By Bill Trotter on March 22, 2014, at 9:11 p.m.
The parents of an infant who died Friday and whose mobile home later went up in flames have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, police said Saturday. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency released a statement Saturday evening indicating that Allen Richardson, 39, and Tabbatha Osnoe, 30, both of …
House Speaker Mark Eves, D-North Berwick

Democrats will consider EBT limits but oppose other welfare bills

By Mario Moretto on Dec. 18, 2013, at 6:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves said Wednesday that he’s open to a proposal by Republican Gov. Paul LePage to limit what products can be bought with cash welfare benefits, but said his party would fight two other welfare reform bills the governor will introduce in January. “No …
Peter Arno

Former Bangor deputy police chief named MDEA commander

By Jen Lynds on July 17, 2013, at 8:41 p.m.
HOULTON | Aroostook County commissioners on Wednesday evening announced the new chief deputy for the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department, the jail administrator and the commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and all those selected are veteran law enforcement officers. During a brief meeting in Houlton, commissioners noted that …
Angel Quinones

Police say big-time heroin dealer busted in Brunswick

By Beth Brogan on May 21, 2013, at 1:47 p.m.
A Connecticut man who police say is responsible for trafficking large amounts of heroin into the Brunswick area was arrested Monday at a local motel. Angel Quinones, 20, of Greater Hartford, Conn., exact address unknown, was arrested at the Knight’s Inn motel on Pleasant Street at about …
Rob Hunt of Gorham-based BioSpecialists LLC applies a neutralization agent to the walls of a vacant Standish home Sunday as part of a meth lab remediation training.

Production of meth, now easier and more portable, is growing in Maine

By Seth Koenig on May 19, 2013, at 2:28 p.m.
STANDISH | Already a dangerously accessible drug, experts say methamphetamines are easier to make than ever before, and because it can now be manufactured quickly and almost anywhere, specialized training to neutralize the toxic, explosive — and portable — chemicals is needed in Maine. “All the stuff you see …
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested and charged three people with trafficking in methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a child on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, after executing a search warrant at an apartment house at 60 Military St. in Houlton.

Three indicted in Houlton meth bust, endangering welfare of child

By Jen Lynds on May 18, 2013, at 3:12 p.m.
CARIBOU | Three southern Aroostook County residents nabbed by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in January after allegedly trafficking in methamphetamine and endangering the welfare of a minor have been indicted by the grand jury. The indictments against Jammie Dickinson, 28, and Kyle Stewart, 25, both of Houlton, and …
Leonard Wells

MDEA reports seizure of 6.5 pounds of bath salts related to Hermon arrests

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Feb. 13, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.
HAMPDEN | A package from the country of China that contained 6.5 pounds of bath salts was confiscated last week at the U.S. Postal Service sorting facility in Hampden by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The seizure is related to the arrest of four people in January in what …
Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County

Last defendant graduates from defunct Bangor drug court

By Judy Harrison on Nov. 24, 2012, at 5:44 p.m.
Todd Robertson is the last of his kind. The 30-year-old restaurant worker is not the last person to be charged with drug trafficking in Penobscot County but he is the final defendant to graduate from its drug court. The Penobscot County Drug Court was shuttered by the …

2 charged with felony drug trafficking in Bangor

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 13, 2012, at 6:47 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Wednesday arrested a Bangor man and a man from New York on felony drug trafficking charges after a surveillance operation on Bolling Drive. Jeramie Schell, 35, of Bangor was charged with felony trafficking in oxycodone and unrelated arrest warrants, Darrell Crandall, …
Patrick C. Jordan

Ellsworth businessman resigns from Y board after drug arrest

By Bill Trotter on June 27, 2012, at 5:12 p.m.
In the wake of his arrest last week on drug trafficking charges, a well-known local businessman is stepping down from his position as chairman of the local YMCA. Patrick C. Jordan, 43, president of local construction firm R.F. Jordan & Sons, was arrested June 20 after police …
Robert Strout

With Ormsby convicted of Amity murders, Robert Strout faces sentencing

By Jen Lynds on April 22, 2012, at 9:19 a.m.
HOULTON | Now that the state has secured a conviction against the 22-year-old who murdered three people in Amity almost two years ago, another man charged in connection with the crimes will be sentenced. Deputy Attorney General William Stokes, who helped convict Thayne Ormsby on three counts of murder …
Darrell Crandall, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s division commander for northern Maine

Killing of NH police chief ‘hit very close to home’ for Maine officers

By Nok-Noi Ricker on April 20, 2012, at 8:43 p.m.
The convoy of Maine law enforcement officers stretched for four miles as more than 200 men and women in uniform left the state Thursday heading south for the funeral of a police chief shot and killed during a drug raid in his small New Hampshire town. The death of Greenland …
Christopher Chaisson

Pair accused of bringing cocaine from Massachusetts to the midcoast

on April 13, 2012, at 4:58 p.m.
WASHINGTON | Two men accused of importing cocaine and other drugs from Massachusetts and bringing them to Knox County were arrested Friday, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Christopher Chaisson, 40, of Appleton and Michael McLellan, 26, of Rockland both were charged with importation of cocaine. Chaisson also …

Bath salts confined to Rockland, Bangor; cocaine and pot still most-used drugs in Maine

By Stephen Betts on April 11, 2012, at 7:10 p.m.
While the dangerous synthetic drug known as bath salts has gained attention as it is used more frequently in Rockland and Bangor, cocaine and marijuana are still the most used drugs in Maine. The type of drugs that are the most used go in cycles, said Roy …

Slaying of Florida firefighter in Maine puts focus on Interstate 95 drug running

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 09, 2012, at 7:46 p.m.
The slaying of Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo — who Maine State Police say was shot in the head over drugs and dumped in the woods of Newburgh last month by a man who owed him $3,000 — has put the spotlight on drug running along Interstate 95 between Florida and …

MDEA app allows public to submit tips and more

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 12, 2012, at 9:38 a.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s newest crime fighting tool is now available for free download for Android or iPhone users. This smartphone application, or app, makes it easier to contact MDEA and share information with the the agency, MDEA officials announced Friday in a news release. The …
Jon Levy

Court sends drug case back to Aroostook County on confession issue

By Judy Harrison on Jan. 18, 2012, at 7:14 p.m.
PORTLAND | The Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday reversed a Superior Court judge’s ruling on the suppression of a statement made by a defendant charged with drug trafficking in Aroostook County. In a 6-1 decision, justices said that Superior Court Justice E. Allen Hunter should reconsider his suppression …
Investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were combing a Presque Isle home Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, after executing a search warrant upon suspicion that methamphetamine was being manufactured there.

MDEA agents bust into suspected meth lab in Presque Isle

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 29, 2011, at 5:35 p.m.
Investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant at a U.S. Route 1 apartment Thursday afternoon after coming to suspect that methamphetamine was being manufactured there. Details still were emerging Thursday evening, but Darrell Crandall, an MDEA division commander, said agents arrived at …