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Criminal Mischief (03/14/2018)

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Crandall new northern head of MDEA

AUGUSTA – A longtime law enforcement official has been named the new northern commander for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

The recently retired sheriff of Aroostook County, Darrell Crandall of Houlton, has been named the northern commander for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. It is a job he previously held until 2013, when he left the drug agency to rejoin to Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office. Crandall was elected sheriff in 2014 and retired last month. He succeeds Peter Arno who recently retired from law enforcement after a career with Bangor Police and MDEA.

Crandall previously served 24 years with MDEA, first as a drug agent, followed by supervisor and northern commander.

MDEA Director Roy McKinney said Crandall is one of Maine’s most experienced drug investigators and will now oversee MDEA agents in the northern half of the state.

Crandall’s Chief Deputy at the Aroostook Sheriff’s Office, Shawn Gillen, another MDEA veteran, will serve as acting sheriff until a permanent replacement is appointed by Governor LePage.

Hancock County heroin arrest

GOULDSBORO – A Gouldsboro couple have been arrested and charged with crimes related to the sale of heroin, according to a press release.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says a Gouldsboro couple has been arrested and charged with importing and selling heroin in Hancock County.

As part of ongoing drug enforcement efforts throughout Hancock County, MDEA agents with the Downeast Drug Task Force based in Ellsworth conducted an investigation into the distribution of heroin in the Schoodic Peninsula region including the towns of Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor. The investigation included undercover purchases of heroin from the two suspects.

The two people arrested were 46-year-old Chad Thibault and 40-year-old Roxie Albee, both of Gouldsboro. Both were charged with unlawful trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Heroin).

At about 7 p.m. on the night of March 5, agents searched the residence of Thibault and Albee, a single-family home located at 494 Main Street in Gouldsboro. Seized were approximately 45 grams of heroin and $4,538 in suspected drug proceeds. The street value of the heroin is $13,500. Thibault and Albee were present at the residence and were arrested without incident. The Department of Health and Human Services has been notified as an 11-year-old child was present at the residence during the investigation and the search.

Both were transported to the Hancock County Jail where bail was set for Thibault at $2,500 cash and $1,500 for Albee.

Fentanyl bust in Knox County

WARREN/FRIENDSHIP – Five people – members of the same family – have been arrested for importing and selling fentanyl in the Mid-Coast region, according to a release.

Over the past two months, agents from the MDEA Mid-Coast District Task Force, with assistance from the Knox and Lincoln Sheriff’s Offices and Rockland and State Police, have been investigating a family selling the drug in Knox County. During the investigation, agents learned family members were traveling to New Bedford, Massachusetts several times a week to purchase fentanyl that they would resell in Knox and Lincoln counties.   

On March 2, MDEA searched two homes; one located on Harbor Road in Friendship and the other on Depot Street in Warren. Seized were 20 grams of fentanyl, a handgun, $1800 of suspected drug proceeds and other evidence of drug trafficking.

The five people arrested were as follows:

Steven Libby, age 49, of Warren for Aggravated Trafficking Fentanyl (Class A). Bail set at $2500 cash. The charge was aggravated due to a prior drug conviction.

Michelle Libby, 47, of Warren, Aggravated Trafficking Fentanyl (Class A). Bail set at $1500 cash. The charge was aggravated due to possession of a firearm during the transaction.

Amanda Thurston, 29, of Friendship, Trafficking Fentanyl. Bail set at $1500 unsecured.

Joseph (Joey) Thurston, 30, of Friendship, Conspiracy to Traffic Fentanyl (Class C). Bail set at $1500 unsecured.

Ryan Carballo, 34, transient, Trafficking Fentanyl (Class B) and Violating Conditions of Release; Carballo was on bail for a pending fentanyl trafficking charge.

The five were arrested without incident and transported to the Knox County Jail. The Libbys are the parents of Amanda Thurston and Ryan Carballo is the Libbys’ son-in-law.   

Several more arrests are expected in the upcoming weeks and additional charges will likely be brought against the five arrested.

Meth lab in Unity

UNITY - A Unity man has been arrested in connection with the state’s fourth meth lab of the year.   

On the evening of March 5, MDEA agents from the Mid-Coast District Task Force and the Waldo Sheriff’s Office searched the home of 35-year-old Thomas Heaberlin of 16 Fisher Road in Unity. 

Earlier in the day, agents conducted surveillance of Heaberlin as he returned to his residence after purchasing the ingredients used to manufacture meth. During the search, agents found a concealed room within the home and evidence inside of meth making, including 10 one-pot labs that Heaberlin had used to cook up the meth. 

Heaberlin was arrested without incident for Unlawful Operation of a Methamphetamine Laboratory (Class B) and transported to the Waldo County Jail. Bail was set at $100 cash.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection assisted by taking possession of the toxic byproducts of methamphetamine production.

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