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Criminal Mischief - (10/25/15)

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Spirit of giving

HERMON Trooper Tucker Bonnevie was able to pass on some goodwill this holiday season with the help of a good Samaritan.

Bonnevie was in his cruiser in the parking lot of Danforth's when the kind soul approached. Bonnevie recounted the following on his Facebook page:

'Today, while I was sitting in the parking lot of a local store, I was approached by an outstanding citizen who handed me a child-sized Patriots jacket. The man had evidently just purchased the jacket inside the store as it was still on a hanger.

The man simply said, Hello, Officer. When you get the chance could you pass this along to a child who could use it?' He then walked off.'

Later that same day, after stopping a vehicle for a minor violation, he found someone who fit the jacket. And with her mother's permission, Bonnevie was able to share the picture of little Hallie sporting Patriots pride. The man who bought the coat wanted to remain anonymous.

Bonnevie wrote, 'And to think, if everyone made a simple gesture of kindness as this man has, our world would quite possibly become a much better place.'

Hancock man arrested on drug charges

BANGOR The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says a Hancock man was arrested on Nov. 15 in Bangor and charged with selling heroin. Peter Chiumiento, 25, of Hancock, was arrested in an Odlin Road hotel.

As part of an ongoing investigation into the distribution of heroin in Hancock County, agents from MDEA's Downeast Task Force in Ellsworth and MDEA's South Central Task Force in Bangor suspected that the man had been selling heroin out of a hotel room for several days. Chiumiento was initially taken into custody by agents on five outstanding arrest warrants including failing to appear in court for a traffic violation and drug possession , two warrants for violation of conditions of release and failing to pay a fine for disorderly conduct.

Seized during a search of his room was nearly $3,000 in cash and several grams of heroin.

Chiumiento was transported to the Penobscot County Jail, where he has been charged with Class B trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin). The investigation is continuing, and more arrests are likely. The Hancock County Sheriff's Department and the Bangor Police Department assisted the MDEA during this investigation.

Bangor Police remind citizens to secure their homes and businesses

BANGOR The Bangor Police Department is asking that residents and business owners to secure their windows and doors in order to avoid being victimized in a burglary or theft.

In recent months, police have seen a trend in which people's homes are being entered through unlocked windows. Officers are urging the public to make sure to take a quick walk around their home or business and double check to make sure the locks are secured on windows as well as doors and other points of entry.

This simple and easy task will make homes and businesses far more difficult to burglarize. The Bangor Police spokesperson Sgt. Tim Cotton said that that small action will be appreciated.

Meth lab found on Winter Street

BANGOR On Nov. 19, officers of the Bangor Police Department discovered what appeared to be a methamphetamine lab on Winter Street in Bangor.

With the help of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, the scene has been secured and the investigation is ongoing.

Heroin bust in Bucksport

BUCKSPORT The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Hancock County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of a Blue Hill man as he attempted to smuggle a significant amount of heroin into Hancock County from out of state.

On information generated by Hancock County Deputies, investigators assigned to MDEA's Downeast Task Force in Ellsworth opened a heroin trafficking investigation on Justin Horton, 29, of Blue Hill. This investigation consisted of the undercover purchase of the drug from Horton, as well as extensive surveillance.

On Nov. 20, investigators learned that Horton would be travelling out of state in order to obtain a significant of amount of heroin for resale in Hancock County. Hancock Sheriff's Deputies, MDEA agents and the Bucksport Police stopped the vehicle Horton was driving as he was returning to Blue Hill. Hidden within Horton's vehicle, investigators located nearly 100 grams of heroin and $1,800 in cash. The heroin seized was in bulk-form known as 'fingers' and represents approximately 1,000 dosage units when processed into 'bags' and sold on the street. A 'bag' of heroin currently fetches approximately $30 in Hancock County.

Horton was arrested and charged with Class B Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (heroin). These charges will likely be elevated to a Class A felony after review by an AAG prosecutor as the amount of the drugs seized is an aggravating factor.

In a joint statement, Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane and MDEA Director Roy McKinney stated that the level of the opiate problem in Maine is stressing law enforcement resources. It is now more important than ever that all law enforcement agencies pool their resources in an effort to eradicate this drug from our communities. This investigation highlights the success of inter-agency cooperation. This investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

If you have information about this investigation or 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.


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