Stockton Springs brothers arrested on drug trafficking charges
Two men from Stockton Springs were arrested as part of two-year investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency into the sale of Oxycodone in Hancock County.
Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland said in a press release that David Maguire, 29, of Stockton Springs and Nicolas Maguire, 24, of Stockton Springs were charged with Class B trafficking in Oxycodone on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
The two men are brothers, McCausland said in the press release.
Roy McKinney, MDEA director, said in a prepared statement the investigation by agents “has disrupted a major drug ring in Hancock County selling Oxy and highlights the epidemic of illegal prescription drug sales and use in Maine."
Police also arrested Michael Clark, 28, of Bucksport; Brandie Higgins, 39, of Bucksport and Ellsworth; Joel Allen, 26, of Orland; Wendy Cassidy, 31, of Bucksport; David Vaughn, 27, of Ellsworth; and Christopher Newcomb, 38, of Bucksport.
In total, MDEA agents arrested eight people and seized 1,100 Oxycodone pills — worth more than $40,000 — and $35,000 in cash. The agents were assisted by officers from the Bucksport police, Ellsworth police, Hancock County Sheriff's Office, state police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
According to the press release from McCausland, agents began investigating Clark regarding the alleged trafficking of Oxycodone in Hancock County. Agents suspected Clark was the ringleader of group selling “a significant amount” of Oxycodone.
As part of the investigation, agents made a number of undercover purchases of prescription narcotics from members of Clark's organization, McCausland said in the press release.
On Dec. 10, agents searched the homes of Clark, Allen and Higgins. In addition to finding the Oxycodone pills and cash, agents also seized a Humvee, two ATV's, a motorcycle, jewelry and other precious metals.
Agents are continuing to investigate and more arrests are expected. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the MDEA office in Ellsworth at 664-2443.