WALDO COUNTY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The MDEA arrested three people for the possession and illegal distribution of Oxycodone pills throughout Waldo County. Arrested were; Arthur Gardiner, 63, and Shelby Tapley, 18, both of Swanville and Gary Stevens, 30, of Lynn, Massachusetts.
On March 28, agents from the Mid-Coast District Task force along with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office and Belfast Police arrested Gardiner and Tapley after they were found to be in possession of various prescription pills not prescribed to either during a bail check. Gardiner was on bail for the pending MDEA charge of Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs. Seized during the bail search were 129 Hydrocodone pills, 17 Oxycodone pills and 91 Clonazepam and Klonopin pills. Both Gardiner and Tapley were arrested and charged with Unlawful Possession of Schedule W Drugs. Gardiner was also charged with violating bail. Both were transported to the Waldo County Jail. Tapley's bail was set at $250. Gardiner is being held with no bail due to his violation of his previous bail conditions.
Agents continued their investigation into the source of supply for Gardiner and Tapley's Oxycodone. On April 2, an undercover operation was conducted where Stevens traveled from Massachusetts to Maine for the purpose of delivering Oxycodone. Arrangements were made to meet at a parking lot adjacent to I-295 in Topsham and Stevens was arrested when he approached an undercover officer with the Oxycodone pills.
Seized from Stevens were 320 Oxycodone pills. The estimated street value of the pills is $15,000.
Stevens was charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs and transported to the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset.