Three arrested for possessing, selling prescription pills

Apr 03, 2014

Topsham — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested three people for possessing and distributing oxycodone pills in Waldo County.

Agents with the Mid-Coast District Task force as well as officers from the Belfast Police Department and Waldo County Sheriff's Office arrested Arthur Gardiner, 63, and Shelby Tapley, 18, both of Swanville, and Gary Stevens, 30, of Lynn, Mass., on April 2.

According to a press release from MDEA officials, an investigation began in October 2013 regarding the illegal distribution of prescription pills in Waldo County, which resulted in the arrest of Gardiner. During a bail check on March 28, 2014, MDEA agents and local law enforcement discovered Gardiner and Tapley to be in possession of various pills that were not prescribed to them during a bail check.

Gardiner had bail conditions for a pending aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs, oxycodone, Class A. During the bail check, officers seized 129 hydrocodone pills, 10 40-milligram oxycodone pills, seven 10-milligram oxycodone pills and 91 clonazepam and klonopin pills.

Both Gardiner and Tapley were charged with unlawful possession of Schedule W drugs, oxycodone. Gardiner was also charged with violation of bail. Both were taken to the Waldo County Jail where Tapley's bail was set at $250 cash.

Gardiner is being held without bail because he violated his previous bail conditions.

Agents are still investigating the source of the supply for Gardiner and Tapley's oxycodone pills. On April 2 at about 11 a.m., an undercover operation was conducted and Stevens was seen traveling from Massachusetts to Maine to deliver oxycodone pills.

Arrangements were made to meet Stevens in a parking lot adjacent to Interstate 295 in Topsham where Gardiner was arrested when he approached the undercover officer with the oxycodone pills.

Agents seized 320 30-milligram oxycodone pills at the time of Stevens' arrest. The estimated value of the pills is $15,000.

Stevens was charged with aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs, oxycodone, and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.

Officers from the Belfast Police Department, Sagadahoc Sheriff's Department, State Police, Topsham Police Department and Waldo County Sheriff's Office assisted with the undercover operation and arrest.

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