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Criminal Mischief (12/12/2018)

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Corinth drug bust

CORINTH – Two men were arrested recently on drug charges in the town of Corinth.

On Dec. 5, agents with the North Central Task Force, assisted by the Maine State Police and Penobscot County Sherriff’s office, arrested 46-year-old Shawn Bowman of Corinth and 30-year-old Angel Lugo of Bethlehem, CT and executed a search warrant at Bowman’s home on Ledge Hill Road in Corinth.   

Several weeks ago, MDEA agents opened an investigation into reports of heroin and crack cocaine sales from Bowman’s home in Corinth. That investigation included agents purchasing drugs directly from Bowman on at least two occasions. 

On Dec. 5, MDEA agents, troopers and deputy sheriffs raided Bowman’s home with a warrant and seized over twenty-eight grams of crack cocaine, four grams of heroin, a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a loaded Glock 9mm pistol and $8,000 which is believed to be proceeds from the sale of drugs. 

Bowman is charged with two counts of unlawful trafficking in crack cocaine, one count of aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (felon).  Lugo is charged with aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine.

This investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

High-speed chase

BUCKSPORT – A high-speed chase through multiple towns last week resulted in numerous charges for the driver.

At just before 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5, Trooper Dana Austin, a member of Troop J and the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE) Team, stopped a motor vehicle on the Mast Hill Road in Bucksport.

While dealing with one occupant of the vehicle, the operator took off at a high rate of speed and a high-speed pursuit ensued. The pursuit lasted several miles and went through multiple towns. During the pursuit, the operator drove erratically and recklessly and almost struck Trooper Austin with his vehicle. The chase concluded on Main Street in Winterport.

As a result of the investigation, 36-year-old Levon Johnson, of Springfield, Massachusetts, was arrested for eluding a police officer, passing a roadblock, aggravated reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, forgery, criminal speed, operating without a license, aggravated driving to endanger, refusing to submit to arrest, disorderly conduct. In addition, several more charges are pending against Johnson.

Trooper Austin was assisted by Sergeant Alden Bustard, Corporal Christopher Smith, Trooper Jeremy Caron, Trooper Taylor Dube and his canine, The Maine Marine Patrol, Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and the Bucksport Police Department.

Shoplifting arrest leads to more charges

PALMYRA – A call regarding a shoplifter resulted in multiple charges, including some that were drug-related, in Palmyra recently.

On Dec. 5, state troopers responded to the Walmart in Palmyra for a report of a female shoplifter that had left the store with $890.85 in merchandise. The female was said to be accompanied by a male who helped her conceal the items in plastic bin after removing them from a backpack.

The pair was located at Auto Zone and identified as 37-year-old Karey Sinclair and 37-year-old Matthew Smullen, both of Bangor.

Sinclair was already on bail conditions for theft at a Walmart with a condition of not to return to any Walmart store.

A search of the car revealed several hypodermic needles amongst other drug paraphernalia. Also located was Suboxone and a bag of what was said to be meth - however, it tested negative - and a Q-tip top that had heroin residue in it due to being used as a filter.

Smullen was issued criminal summonses for possession of schedule drugs (W), possession of illegal hypodermic apparatus, theft and use of drug paraphernalia. Sinclair was taken into custody and charged with theft, violation of bail conditions and criminal trespass. Sinclair was transported to Somerset County Jail.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

NEWPORT – A traffic stop in Newport has led to the arrest of three people on drug charges.

On Dec. 1, MDEA agents with the Downeast District Task Force, assisted by State Police, seized heroin and crack cocaine following a traffic stop in Newport.  Three persons were arrested.  The vehicle was stopped along Interstate 95 in Newport based upon information gathered by MDEA during a drug investigation. The street value of the seized drugs was $3,000 and the trio was taken to the Penobscot County Jail. The drugs were headed for Washington County.  

The three arrested were:

David Jones, 26, of Bronx, New York, for Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin and Class C Violation of Conditions of Release. Mr. Jones was on pre-conviction bail as a result of an August arrest in Machiasport for Class B Unlawful Trafficking in Cocaine. Jones is being held without bail.

Chuckie Langley, 32, of New York, New York, for Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin and Class B Unlawful Possession of Cocaine Base. Mr. Langley is on parole from New York after serving eight years for attempted murder. Langley is being held without bail.

Holly Inman, 41, of Machias, for Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin. Ms. Inman was also charged by the state police with Operating After Suspension. Her bail was set at $35,000 cash.

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