June 24, 2018
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East Machias man arrested on aggravated drug charges in MDEA raid

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

EAST MACHIAS, Maine — A local man was arrested this week during a raid of his home by five Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents, a Maine state trooper and two Washington County sheriff’s deputies.

Darrell Crandall of the MDEA said agents had been investigating Brian Dowling, 57, of Ackley Way for a few weeks after allegations that he was selling large quantities of marijuana from his home.

Agents had purchased marijuana from Dowling on two occasions before the search warrant, the first time buying 2 ounces and the second time three-quarters of a pound for more than $1,500. During the search of the home, MDEA agents seized an additional three-quarters of a pound of marijuana, just under $6,000 in cash, detailed records of drug sales, a small amount of hashish and a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle alleged to have been bought with money from the sale of drugs, Crandall said.

Dowling served time in the Maine Correctional Center in the early 1990s after being convicted of five counts of Class B trafficking in scheduled drugs. His criminal record also reflects convictions for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and LSD in South Carolina in 1988. Because of those convictions, Dowling now faces a Class B aggravated trafficking offense, Crandall said. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

The raid took place late Monday, May 9, and after his arrest, Dowling was taken to the Washington County Jail, where bail was set at $1,500.

In other recent activity, MDEA agents and Eastport police charged Daniel Boone, 40, and 64-year-old James Lintott — both of Eastport — with Class B trafficking in prescription drugs. Lintott is accused of selling morphine and Boone is accused of selling hydrocodone to MDEA agents during an investigation into their criminal activities.

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

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