CARIBOU, Maine — Three people from Portland and Caribou have been charged with numerous drug crimes after a yearlong criminal investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said in a statement Friday that agents from MDEA task forces based in Bangor and Houlton arrested the individuals suspected of selling large quantities of the narcotic painkiller oxycodone.
The arrests began on Wednesday afternoon, according to Crandall, when Andrew Morrison, 23, of Portland arrived at the McDonalds on Union Street in Bangor planning to meet with an oxycodone supplier he had befriended on a social media site.
Crandall said that the supplier was actually an undercover MDEA agent.
When Morrison parked his car, agents and officers from the Bangor Police Department took him into custody without incident.
Morrison was in possession of more than 50 oxycodone tablets and more than $29,000 in cash. Morrison had arranged to buy 2,000 oxycodone tablets from the undercover agent, Crandall said.
Based upon surveillance of Morrison earlier in the day and other investigative information, MDEA agents then went to the Bangor Motor Inn on the Hogan Road and arrested 52-year-old Angel Nibby of Caribou. Nibby was found in possession of another $2,560 in cash.
Agents then obtained a search warrant for the home of Nibby and David Sullivan, 51, on the Grimes Mill Road in Caribou.
When agents arrived, Sullivan tried to discard drug evidence by throwing it out a window, Crandall said. Other evidence seized by agents included 573 oxycodone tablets, two methamphetamine tablets, $10,000 in cash and a loaded .25 caliber pistol, Crandall reported.
Agents were assisted in the search by officers from the Caribou Police Department and a canine unit from the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department.
Morrison and Nibby were taken to the Penobscot County Jail where they were charged with attempted aggravated trafficking in oxycodone, a Class B felony. Crandall said that the offense is aggravated based upon the quantity of drugs.
Morrison, who was already on bail for a drug trafficking arrest, also was charged with violation of conditions of release. Morrison had been arrested by agents in January 2011 and charged with trafficking in oxycodone.
Morrison pled guilty to that charge last month and was scheduled to be sentenced in August.
If convicted, both suspects face up to ten years in prison.
Sullivan was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a Class C felony, and taken to the Caribou Police Department.