June 22, 2018
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Eagle Lake man charged with drug trafficking after police seize cocaine, guns

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

EAGLE LAKE, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a 61-year-old Eagle Lake man on Tuesday and charged him with multiple drug offenses.

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said Wednesday evening that the arrest of Bryon Nadeau of Old Main Street came on the heels of a two-month investigation.

Agents executed a search warrant at his home and arrested him a short time later.

Crandall said that during the investigation, drug enforcement agents collected information on Nadeau’s trafficking activities and were able to purchase cocaine from him at his residence. On Tuesday evening, drug enforcement agents, Aroostook County sheriff’s deputies and state troopers went to the home armed with a warrant and found Nadeau inside. Agents seized more than a half pound of cocaine valued at nearly $26,000, 3½ pounds of marijuana, $2,113 in cash, two handguns, eight long guns and an assortment of Ecstasy and prescription drug tablets, including hydrocodone and oxycodone.

Crandall said the investigation began with complaints from the community about drug trafficking activity at Nadeau’s residence. Agents allege that Nadeau was traveling outside Maine to get large quantities of cocaine which he was bringing back to sell from his home.

Nadeau is charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in marijuana and trafficking in prescription drugs, according to Crandall. He was taken to the Fort Kent Police Department.

He since has posted bail.

Crandall said Wednesday that the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office will review the case for prosecution. If convicted of the most serious offense, Nadeau faces no less than four years in prison, while the maximum penalty is 30 years.

He is scheduled for an initial appearance in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou on Feb. 17.

Anyone with information on drug crimes may call MDEA toll-free at 800-452-6457 or may leave information at the MDEA website, www.maine.gov/dps/mdea.

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