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Criminal Mischief (08/09/2017)

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He saw the signs

MARS HILL – An inadvertent discovery by a state trooper is just another sign of the times.

On Aug. 5, Trooper Matthew Curtain went to the residence of a juvenile in Mars Hill investigating an unrelated incident. While at the residence, Trooper Curtain observed several traffic and town line signs inside the house.

The juvenile told Trooper Curtain that it was his father who had acquired the signs and had had them for a long time. The signs were seized into evidence; the juvenile was issued a criminal summons for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Because of the cost of the signs in question, the charge is a felony. The juvenile’s parents were notified and he will have to appear in court in Presque Isle.

Twice bitten

ISLAND FALLS – An Island Falls man was arrested after he was caught driving twice on a suspended license.

On July 29, Sgt. Alden Bustard initiated a traffic stop on a Ford pickup in Island Falls due to an inspection violation. The operator attempted to evade Sgt. Bustard by driving into a junkyard behind a vacant building. The driver was identified as Tyler Carey, 21, of Island Falls.

The investigation disclosed that Carey’s license was under suspension and he was also on bail. Carey was summonsed for Operating After Suspension and released at the scene. Carey was also warned not to drive again or he would be arrested.

About two hours later, Sgt. Bustard was on patrol in Island Falls when he observed Carey operating a different vehicle. Carey again tried to evade Sgt. Bustard down several side streets in Island Falls before he pulled into a residence and tried to run from the vehicle.

Carey was apprehended and placed under arrest for operating after suspension and violation of conditions of release. Carey was transported to the Aroostook County jail in Houlton.

Drug arrests in East Dixfield

EAST DIXFIELD – Two men were arrested in East Dixfield on drug trafficking and possession of schedule drug charges.

In a press release, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announced the arrests of:

Jody Welch, 41, of East Dixfield; Aggravated Trafficking Schedule W Drug - Cocaine Base (Class A). 

Rene Speranza, 26, of Peru; Unlawful possession of Schedule Drugs –  Fentanyl (Class D); Violation of Condition of Release.

Adam Turner, 34, of Peru; Unlawful possession of Schedule Drugs – Fentanyl (Class D)

At approximately 4:20 a.m. on Aug. 3, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the Maine State Police and other law enforcement agencies executed a search warrant at the single-family home of Jody Welch, located at 63 Rollins Ridge Road in East Dixfield.

The purpose of the search warrant was to search for evidence relating to the ongoing interstate trafficking of crack cocaine (cocaine base) and heroin from the residence.

The homeowner, Jody Welch was present at the home along with eight other individuals who did not reside there.

The search of the home resulted in the total discovery of approximately 83 grams of crack cocaine (cocaine base) with a street value of $8,000. In addition to the illegal drugs, In addition, agents also located a makeshift drug processing and repackaging room. Within the room, Agents seized items consisting of multiple digital drug scales, plastic bags and crack cocaine.

Speranza and Turner were both found in possession of illegal drugs and arrested without incident.  

Assisting in the execution of the search warrant, were police officers from; Maine State Police, Dixfield PD, Oxford County Sheriff’s office, Rumford PD and the Jay Police Department. MDEA is continuing its investigation.  Additional arrests are expected. 

If you have information about the illegal sale of drugs in this state, you are urged to contact the MDEA office closest to you or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

Drug trafficking in Bath

BATH - The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has announced the arrest of a Delaware man for selling crack and heroin in the greater Bath-Brunswick area.  

Kyle Rivers, 25, of Bear, Delaware is charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule Drugs (Heroin, Crack Cocaine) Class A.

For the past month, agents from the MDEA Mid-Coast District Task Force conducted an investigation into the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine by Rivers throughout greater Bath-Brunswick.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 1, Rivers was stopped by agents and Bath Police in a rental car he was operating in Bath. The suspect was en route to deliver heroin and crack cocaine to a location in the city.

Rivers was arrested without incident and charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs. Rivers was transported to the Two Bridges Regional Jail where bail was set at $50,000 cash.  Charges were aggravated due to Rivers’ prior conviction for heroin possession in Maryland; he is currently on probation for that conviction.

Agents and Brunswick Police also conducted a search of the room Rivers rented at a Brunswick hotel. Seized from the room were 772 doses of heroin, 63 doses of crack cocaine, 476 Xanax pills and $10,500 of suspected drug proceeds. The street value of the seized drugs is $25,000.

During the investigation, arrest and search, agents were assisted by officers from Topsham, Bath and Brunswick Police Departments and Deputies from Sagadahoc and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Offices.


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