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Criminal Mischief - (12/16/15)

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Drug bust in Mattawamkeag

MATTAWAMKEAG A man from Dorchester, MA and a man from Mattawamkeag, both with previous drug trafficking convictions, were arrested on Dec. 11 following a heroin trafficking investigation conducted by the MDEA's North Central Task Force out of Bangor.

For the past several weeks, MDEA agents have been investigating the sale of heroin in northern Penobscot County being brought from out of state and being sold from a Mattawamkeag residence. The investigation included the undercover purchase of heroin.

Around 7 p.m. MDEA agents, along with US Drug Enforcement agents, Penobscot County Sheriff's deputies and State troopers, searched a home on the Hathaway Road in Mattawamkeag. Seized were approximately 20 grams (200 dosage units) of heroin and other evidence of drug trafficking.

Police charged Paul Bone, 30 of Dorchester, Mass. With class A aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin). Also charged was Ryan Schiller, 31, of Mattawamkeag, who was charged with class A aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin). Both charges were aggravated due to a prior drug trafficking convictions.

Both Bone and Schiller were transported to the Penobscot County Jail where they are being held pending bail. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

Mobile meth lab dismantled in Bar Harbor

BAR HARBOR - Two men have been arrested after another meth lab has been discoveredthis time inside a Jeep in Bar Harbor. This is the 52nd meth related incident in Maine this year an all-time record.

On Dec. 7, Bar Harbor Police received information which led them to believe that individuals were attempting to acquire materials commonly used to manufacture methamphetamine. As part of this investigation, officers located a Jeep Liberty in Bar Harbor which they believed was operated/occupied by the individuals who were attempting to acquire the materials to make the drug. Bar Harbor officers located Zachary Rand, 25, of Southwest Harbor, hiding in the backseat of the vehicle. They also detained Joseph Schaefer, 23, of Otter Creek, who was located nearby. Subsequently, both Rand and Schaefer were taken into custody by Bar Harbor Police. Rand was arrested on outstanding arrest warrants and Schaefer was charged with violating his conditions of release on an unrelated charge.

Bar Harbor officers found evidence of a methamphetamine manufacturing operation taking place inside the Jeep. They called MDEA to assist and investigators assigned to the MDEA Down East task force in Ellsworth responded.

MDEA agents secured the vehicle and had it towed to Bangor where it was searched Tuesday by the MDEA meth lab team. Found inside was evidence consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine. In addition about a gram of meth was also located.

Rand was charged with class A aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (methamphetamine), the charge was aggravated by a prior drug conviction. Schaefer was charged with class B trafficking in schedule W drugs (methamphetamine).

Both are currently being held at the Hancock County Jail. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection assisted the Bar Harbor Police Department and MDEA during the search of the Jeep.

MDEA will continue its investigation with Bar Harbor Police and more arrests are likely.


BLUE HILL A Blue Hill resident called authorities to help him find his gun after he left it on the hood of his vehicle.

Dec. 12, Deputy Travis Frost met with a Blue Hill resident who lost a gun after leaving it on the hood of his vehicle. The deputy was able to locate the gun on the road and return it to the owner. No charges were filed.

A felony in two parts

OLD TOWN A man who had previously been charged with a civil offense is now facing felony forgery charges for allegedly giving the police a fake name.

On Dec. 4, Officer John McEwen had stopped a vehicle for failing to use a turn signal. The driver gave the officer consent to search the vehicle and a small baggie of marijuana was found. The driver was Shawn Bryant, 32, of Old Town, but he gave the officer the name of his brother and signed his brother's name to the court summons for possession of a useable amount of marijuana.

While reviewing the video of the incident, Captain Lee Miller recognized Bryant and also knew his correct name, which didn't match the name he gave Officer McEwen or the name signed to the summons. Police located Bryant's brother to confirm what had happened.

On Dec. 10, Officers located Shawn Bryant and arrested him. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and charged with class B aggravated forgery.

Last modified on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 21:33


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