Stories about Maine Drug Enforcement Agency


Suboxone use in Portland: A lifeline for recovering addicts or a new abuse problem?

By Seth Koenig on Dec. 27, 2011, at 4:41 p.m.
Law enforcement agents and drug users in Portland are saying street abuse of Suboxone, a prescription drug intended to help individuals become less dependent on opiates such as heroin, is a new counterculture fad in Maine’s largest city. But a top addiction rehabilitation doctor said Suboxone has …

New Brunswick man accused of supplying drugs to convicted Houlton trafficker

By Jen Lynds on Dec. 12, 2011, at 2:55 p.m.
BRIDGEWATER | A Canadian man suspected of supplying drugs to a Houlton man already convicted of drug trafficking was captured by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday afternoon. Darrell Crandall, the MDEA division commander, said Monday that Reginald Stockford, 39, of New Brunswick was stopped Saturday and held …

MDEA agents, Bangor police find $21,000 of drugs, baby in car

By Ryan McLaughlin on Nov. 21, 2011, at 3:12 p.m.
Local police and state drug agents recorded another big bust when a traffic stop Friday led to the discovery of $21,000 worth of illicit drugs, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Monday. MDEA supervisor Brad Johnston said MDEA officals received tips that four people were smuggling and …
A family of four has been charged with cultivating marijuana in connection with  what police reported was large growing operation in a Monroe home.

Police: Monroe family ran ‘sophisticated’ pot operation from custom-built garage

By Abigail Curtis on Nov. 16, 2011, at 2:53 p.m.
Police say that a Monroe family arrested Tuesday night for growing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana in their Swan Lake Avenue garage had one of the most sophisticated operations yet seen in Maine. “It was top-of-the-line everything,” Jim Pease of the Maine Drug Enforcement …
Members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Bangor Police Department and the Bangor special response team execute search warrants in the area of 100 Ohio St. on Wednesday morning after a drug investigation.

14 more suspects charged in alleged Bangor cocaine ring

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 03, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said Thursday it has arrested and charged 14 people in connection with a Bangor-based cocaine ring. Four other people believed to have been involved were charged by federal drug agents on Wednesday. The charges stem from an investigation into the alleged cocaine-trafficking …
Daniel Brown

Boston man arrested in Biddeford crack cocaine bust

By Staff, Sun Journal on Nov. 01, 2011, at 3:05 p.m.
A 27-year-old Boston man was charged with selling crack cocaine in Biddeford, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Biddeford Police. According to police, Daniel Brown, 27, from Boston was arrested at about 4:30 p.m. on Libby Lane in Biddeford and charged with Aggravated Trafficking in …

Police departments statewide readying for drug take-back day

By Jen Lynds on Oct. 24, 2011, at 6:51 p.m.
HOULTON | Although National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is still four days away, the Houlton Police Department already has collected close to 10 boxes of unwanted and unused prescription drugs that are ready for disposal. And the department, which allows people to dispose of unwanted medications at the police …
Officer David Cram displays on wednesday drugs police claim to have seized from a Connecticut man on tuesday Oct. 4, 2011.

Drug trafficker on heroin called to report break-in, Lincoln police say

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Oct. 05, 2011, at 7:25 p.m.
LINCOLN, Maine – A Connecticut man being held at the Penobscot County Jail on drug trafficking charges late Wednesday might have created his own problem by calling 911 to report people trying to break into his apartment, police said. Jason Gergler, 29, of Ivoryton, Conn., was charged Tuesday with aggravated …

Prescription pad theft, drug scam yield prison terms for mother and son

By Darcie Moore, Times Record on Sept. 29, 2011, at 8:50 p.m.
BATH | A Topsham woman and her son pleaded guilty Wednesday in Sagadahoc County Superior Court to drug trafficking charges. In July 2010, Lorraine Keating of 265 Foreside Road was arrested after a joint investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department. She was …
Adam Lynn

Monroe man facing pot cultivation charge, other charges may be filed

By Dawn Gagnon on Sept. 12, 2011, at 10:44 p.m.
A Waldo County man was arrested late last week after personnel from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Maine Warden Service found more than 100 mature marijuana plants and other drugs at his Pattee Road Extension home. Adam Lynn, 31, initially was charged with marijuana cultivation …

Maine law enforcement preparing for federal spending cuts

By Mal Leary on Sept. 11, 2011, at 7:07 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Law enforcement agencies are already reeling from cuts in federal grant programs earlier this year and as Congress slashes billions of dollars in spending to reduce the federal deficit, Mainers will notice the impact on police agencies. “I don’t think Maine is any different than any other …
Robert Merriam

Presque Isle man gets 6 years for drug trafficking

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 09, 2011, at 7:50 p.m.
CARIBOU | A Presque Isle man charged last year for his role in trafficking drugs into Aroostook County was sentenced on Thursday to several years in prison. Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins said Friday that Robert Merriam, 51, was handed his sentence for aggravated trafficking in oxycodone in …
Police seized a half-ounce of crack, 61 bags of heroin, $1,600 in cash and a small amount of marijuana.

2 charged with selling crack, heroin in Portland

By William Davis on Sept. 01, 2011, at 1:02 p.m.
Police have charged two people with selling crack cocaine and heroin in Portland. Officers arrested Carl Langston of South Portland and Carol Vining of Cumberland, both 22, Wednesday evening in the parking lot of a restaurant on Congress Street. Police seized a half-ounce of crack, 61 bags …
Sgt. Paul Edwards of the Bangor Police Department looks over law enforcement Facebook pages on Monday, August 22, 2011. Edwards said using Facebook has helped the department solve numerous crimes in recent months, including a bank robbery and many shoplifting cases.

Maine police, fire, drug enforcement agencies increasing use of Facebook

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 24, 2011, at 6:37 p.m.
ELLSWORTH | Surveillance images of thieves stealing scrap metal were posted on the Ellsworth Police Department’s Facebook page on Friday, and by Monday the perpetrators were arrested and in custody, Police Chief John DeLeo said. “That got solved because of the Facebook page,” he said this week, explaining that …

Former Presque Isle lawman named chief in Fort Fairfield

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 23, 2011, at 7:47 p.m.
An experienced Presque Isle law enforcement officer and former Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agent has been tapped as the new chief of the Fort Fairfield Police Department. Town officials announced Tuesday that William Campbell will take over for current chief Joe Bubar, who is leaving his …
Jeremy S. Chappelle

New York man behind bars after crack bust in southern Maine

By Ryan McLaughlin on Aug. 12, 2011, at 2:49 p.m.
YARMOUTH | A New York City man is behind bars after a two-week investigation by the Yarmouth Police Department and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, MDEA spokesman Kevin Cashman said Friday. Jeremy S. Chappelle, 22, was arrested Thursday night and charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. “He was …
Robert Strout

Suspect connected to drug, triple homicide case unable to make bail

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 10, 2011, at 8:39 p.m.
ORIENT | An Orient man arrested last week on drug charges less than a year after he was charged in connection with a triple homicide in Amity remains in a Houlton jail, unable to make bail. Robert Strout, 64, was arrested last Thursday at his Orient home by the …
Robert Strout

Orient man charged in connection with triple homicide arrested on drug charges

By Jen Lynds on Aug. 04, 2011, at 8:37 p.m.
Three individuals, including an Orient man who was charged in connection with a triple homicide in Amity in June 2010, were charged with drug offenses Thursday. Darrell Crandall, division commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, said Craig Strout-Desmond, 24, and Brianna Bonness, 24, both of Ellsworth, …
Tonja Hallett

Police report confiscating 950 bags of heroin from Warren home

By Heather Steeves on Aug. 04, 2011, at 8:25 p.m.
Police found more than 950 bags of heroin in a home here on Wednesday in one of the largest drug busts ever in Knox County, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The three people allegedly involved each were arrested on charges of illegal importation of scheduled …
Sean Higgins

Camden Rite Aid robbery suspect identified, warrant issued

By Dawn Gagnon on Aug. 04, 2011, at 7:48 p.m.
Investigators now believe they know who robbed the downtown Rite Aid pharmacy on Tuesday evening and have issued a warrant for his arrest. Thanks to a tip from the public, the suspect in the robbery has been identified as Sean Higgins, 29, of Rockland, Camden Police Chief …