If you drive about 150 miles northeast of Kennebunk, you will arrive in Bangor. It is there and in Steuben (about 55 miles southeast of Bangor) that Maine Drug Enforcement agent reported seizing more than a pound of fentanyl.
Law enforcement officials said they arrested a 65-year-old Steuben man and charged him with aggravated trafficking of fentanyl. They said he was in possession of 228 grams of fentanyl, a powerful pain-killing opioid, at the time of his arrest.
Agents said they had received information about the man that resulted in putting him under surveillance. They said they watched him arrive at a business and park his vehicle before walking into a wood. When he returned to his vehicle, agents stopped and searched him, reportedly finding that he was carrying 10 grams of fentanyl and a loaded handgun.
Agents then searched the wooded area where the suspect had been and found a container with another 218 grams of fentanyl. They also obtained a search warrant for his home, though they did not report finding any more illegal substances.
Police said the arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation that had in early May resulted in the arrest of the suspect's 32-year-old son. The younger defendant was charged with a single count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, officials said.
In a separate matter, police in Bangor arrested a Massachusetts man and Florida man who were reportedly in possession of 300 grams of fentanyl.
The 50-year-old Florida resident was charged with aggravated trafficking in fentanyl.
It is clear that all of the men are in danger of losing their freedom if they are convicted on the drug charges. Like those in similar situations, they should decline to speak to police until they have first talked over the evidence and allegations with an attorney experienced in drug defense.