ROCKLAND, Maine — Two men accused of selling methamphetamine out of the Brunswick Rooms boarding house have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking.
Derek Vandoren, 32, was arrested on Nov. 26 by members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Maine State Police, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Rockland Police Department. He was taken to the Knox County Jail, where bail was set at $10,000 cash. Because of Thanksgiving, the courts were closed until Monday. He is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Rockland District Court on Monday afternoon.
His arrest followed the Nov. 10 arrest of 56-year-old Robert Rein of Rockland for aggravated trafficking in meth. Rein’s charge was elevated to aggravated trafficking, which carries a potential higher sentence if convicted, because of a 2005 cocaine trafficking conviction out of Lincoln County.
According to the MDEA, the investigation has been going on for several months with the help of Rockland police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors. Agents found that the two were having methamphetamine shipped from California to Rockland, according to supervisor James Pease of the MDEA. The methamphetamine was being resold at the Brunswick Rooms.
Pease said the investigation continues and other individuals could face charges.
Agents found that several packages had been received, according to Pease. On Nov. 10, MDEA and U.S. Postal inspectors intercepted a package that contained 35 grams of methamphetamine that was being delivered to Rockland, the MDEA supervisor said.
Rein was arrested on that day and Vandoren on Nov. 26 when he was located by police. Vandoren had moved to Maine from California within the year.
The methamphetamine was being sold for $300 a gram, according to the MDEA.