BANGOR, Maine — Investigators with the Bangor Police Department and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a local couple Tuesday on felony drug charges.
Gregory Chase, 30, was charged with aggravated trafficking in oxycodone, a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000, Bangor interim Police Chief Peter Arno and MDEA Director Roy McKinney said in a joint news release issued Wednesday.
Chase’s wife, 28-year-old Samantha Chase, was charged with possession of oxycodone, a Class C felony that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000, McKinney and Arno said.
The two were the subject of a criminal investigation that began a few months ago into reports of drug trafficking at two locations on Roger Street in Bangor. During the course of that investigation, drug agents purchased oxycodone from Gregory Chase on two occasions — once at his home on Roger Street and another at an undisclosed location, the news release said.
The Roger Street buy happened within 1,000 feet of a city-designated safe zone surrounding Bangor Gardens Park, which elevated the offense to aggravated, according to MDEA and Bangor police.
On Tuesday, Bangor police, MDEA agents and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration executed search warrants at 28 and 28A Roger St. and seized undisclosed amounts of oxycodone, additional unidentified tablets and a 9mm pistol, the news release said.
The Chases were taken into custody at that time and taken to the Penobscot County Jail. The pair will be arraigned at the Penobscot County Judicial Center on Dec. 12.
The case is being prosecuted by the Maine Office of the Attorney General.
Gregory Chase’s criminal history includes convictions in 2005 for forgery and theft by unauthorized use of property, according to the Bangor Daily News archives. Chase received a two-year jail sentence, with all but 120 days suspended, and two years of probation and was ordered to pay $2,2010 in restitution on the forgery charge. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution on the theft charge.
He also was fined $100 and ordered to pay $53.05 in restitution for negotiating a worthless instrument in 2002.
Drug crimes may be reported to the MDEA at 1-800-452-6457, on the agency website at www.maine.gov/dps/mdea or via MDEA’s smartphone application for iPhone and Android at MyPD.
Correction: An earlier version of this story requires correction. Samantha Chase was not convicted of operating under the influence in 2009.