May 26, 2018
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MDEA agents make headway in curbing Penobscot County drug operations

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff


BANGOR, Maine — Investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested more than a dozen people in connection with illegal drug activity during the past two weeks.


Most of this month’s arrests were the product of investigations conducted over the past few months, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall said Friday.


Bodrai Thomas, 26, and his 27-year-old girlfriend, Theresa Goldsmith of Brewer, were arrested on Feb. 15 on three counts each of felony trafficking in oxycodone at their home on East Summer Street, where they live with their two school-age children, Crandall said.


Their arrests followed three controlled drug purchases by MDEA agents, Crandall said. The Department of Health and Human Services was notified of the arrests, he said. The two suspects are out on bail.

Crandall said that the Feb. 16 arrests of Richard Watson and Amie Thomas, both 25, of Orono were the result of an investigation that led to the pair’s initial arrests on drug trafficking charges last October, when undercover agents bought oxycodone from them while they and their small child were living on Highland Avenue in Bangor.


MDEA agents arrested the two and notified DHHS, Crandall said. Shortly after making bail, the couple moved to Elm Street in Orono.


Last week, MDEA agents reportedly bought oxycodone again from Watson, who was still on bail for his October arrest. As a result, he was charged with another count of drug trafficking as well as with violating the conditions of his release. Meanwhile, agents tested Thomas and detected the presence of illegal drugs in her system, which led to her arrest for violating her bail conditions, Crandall said.


Crandall said DHHS again was notified of the arrests and that both suspects are out on bail. He said the Orono Police Department assisted in last week’s sting.


Arrested by MDEA last week was Tori Rich, 25, of Lincoln, Crandall said. Her Feb. 15 arrest on two felony drug charges — one for trafficking in oxycodone and the other for trafficking in hydrocodone — followed controlled purchases from her in November and this month.


Todd Robertson, 28, of Orrington was arrested on Feb. 16 on charges of felony trafficking in oxycodone and refusing to submit to arrest, Crandall said. He said MDEA agents had purchased oxycodone from him in December at his home on Quarry Road.


When agents went to Robertson’s home last week to arrest him, he reportedly ran to his bathroom and flushed something down his toilet. After placing the suspect under arrest, agents found a loaded .22-caliber pistol and more than $3,000 cash in his pants pocket, Crandall said. After securing the residence and obtaining a search warrant, agents reportedly found evidence indicating he was involved in drug trafficking.


Robertson since has been released on bail, Crandall said. Personnel from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the case.


Also on Feb. 16, MDEA agents arrested Nicholas Spann, 27, of Levant, from whom they made two purchases of oxycodone in October. Spann, who was charged with two counts of felony drug trafficking, since has been released on bail, Crandall said.


The most recent arrests occurred on Wednesday, when MDEA agents arrested Malcolm “Milk” Sanders, 22, and his girlfriend, Nicole Cyr, 21, both of Bangor, and 28-year-old Lee “Chops” Young of Brockton, Mass., in connection with a crack cocaine trafficking operation, Crandall said.


The arrests were the result of covert crack purchases by MDEA agents last month and this month, Crandall said. He said that after a drug purchase on Wednesday, agents obtained a search warrant for the Hammond Street residence Sanders and Cyr share and that Young and his girlfriend, Martisa Martin, 27, of Revere, Mass., were visiting.


Though Young ran from agents and was able to flush some of the evidence down the toilet, agents managed to recover about 3 grams of crack from Young’s pants pocket.


Young was charged with Class A felony trafficking in crack cocaine and possession of the same drug, Crandall said, adding that Young’s trafficking charge was elevated to that status because of a prior drug trafficking conviction.


Sanders and Cyr each were charged with two counts of Class B crack cocaine trafficking, Crandall said. He said Martin was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia but not arrested.


Young, Sanders and Cyr all remained at Penobscot County Jail on Friday unable to make bail, Crandall said.


Agents also charged Young’s girlfriend, Martisa Martin, with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.  


Also arrested by MDEA agents on Wednesday were Douglas Copley, 23, of Bangor, who was wanted on a warrant from Biddeford District Court, and Darrell Nelson, 22, of Portland, who was charged with violating his probation from an earlier arrest, Crandall said.


During their investigation, state drug agents, with assistance from the Bangor Police Department, reportedly seized evidence indicating drug trafficking.



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