ROCKLAND, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency made several prescription drug trafficking arrests in late June in Knox County. Officials arrested a man who was selling methadone pills near a school and prisoners who tried to smuggle Suboxone tablets into prison, among others.
The MDEA reported that on June 29, officials arrested Frederick Littlefield, 33, and Travis Crowley, 29, for trafficking in prison contraband. An investigation found that Crowley, of Dresden, was going to hand over 30 Suboxone tablets to Littlefield, of Augusta, who was in prison and still is. The exchange was going to happen at a site in Friendship where some prisoners were going to be working, according to police. Littlefield then would be able to resell the drugs in prison.
“The two were working together. He was going to supply Littlefield in order to sneak them into the prison,” said James Pease, supervisor of MDEA’s midcoast task force. “He was going to try to smuggle them back into the prison.”
According to an MDEA press release, police found the drugs before the plan could be executed.
Crowley is being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset without bail. Littlefield is still at Maine State Prison in Warren.
According to a bail bond filed with Knox County Superior Court, Littlefield will appear in court Aug. 26 for the offense.
Also in Knox County, MDEA officials arrested Michael Beal, 24, of Rockland on June 25 for aggravated trafficking of methadone. He was brought to Knox County Jail and later released.
Police had been investigating Beal for months and found that he was selling methadone pills at his home, which is within 200 feet of Rockland District High School, according to officials. According to the press release, police do not suspect that Beal sold to high school students.
A bail bond filed at Knox County Superior Court shows that Beal paid his $1,500 bail in cash.
The same day police arrested Beal, they also arrested Ruth Crandall, 41, of Thomaston for aggravated trafficking and violation of probation. The investigation against Crandall lasted a month, according to court documents, which also indicated that she sold 10 Klonopin pills for $40 in March.
In police reports filed at Knox County Superior Court, officials wrote, “Crandall has four prior convictions for trafficking schedule drugs.”
When officers arrested Crandall in Rockland, they took a urine sample from her, which tested positive for cocaine, court documents state. She was brought to Knox County Jail and is being held on $10,000 cash bail. She will appear in court on Aug. 25.
On June 21, after a monthlong investigation, agents arrested Joshua Smith, 24, of Rockland for selling hydrocodone.
“All of these are prescription pills. It’s our biggest problem,” Pease said. “They are easier to get, and we have a huge opiate addiction in the state.”
Pease said the number of arrests was not unusual for the area.
“It is really no different than how it has been for several years. Out of the four counties we serve [Knox, Waldo, Lincoln and Sagadahoc], Knox has the highest amount of complaints and highest amount of arrests,” he said.
MDEA officials have been collaborating with the Rockland Police Department, Thomaston Police Department, Maine State Police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.