Bust nets pills

BAR HARBOR – Two Southwest Harbor men are facing drug charges after police stopped their vehicle March 8 on Route 102.

Derek Benson, 20, was summonsed on a charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Bradford O’Coin, 24, was summonsed on a charge of illegal possession of scheduled drugs.

According to Corey Bagley, supervisor of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA), drug agents had Bar Harbor police stop the men’s vehicle after witnessing an alleged drug deal in the parking lot of Circle K in Ellsworth. MDEA agents issued the summonses.

Mr. Benson was charged with trafficking because he is alleged to have sold a small number of 30-milligram oxycodone pills to the buyer in Ellsworth, Mr. Bagley said. Mr. O’Coin was not involved directly in the deal but was in possession of oxycodone, Mr. Bagley added.

Unlawful trafficking in oxycodone is a class B crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander