Strange behavior leads to drug arrest

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Phone calls to police reporting a person walking in the middle of Main Street and acting strangely Friday led to the arrest of a Milo man on a drug charge.

Chief Dave Chapais said his department received eight calls in the late afternoon complaining of a tall man dressed in black appearing to be disoriented. Officer Shawn Merchant responded and identified the man as Frederick Cole, 31, of Milo.

While interviewing Mr. Cole, the officer noted that he appeared to be confused, Chief Chapais said. A search turned up several pills, which later were identified as Xanax, the chief said.

Chief Chapais said Cole at first contended the pills had been prescribed to him but later admitted otherwise. He was arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug and taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth. He later was released on bail.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department assisted Southwest Harbor police during the arrest.

Following his release from jail, Cole apparently headed back to Southwest Harbor. Police said they received a call from a resident at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The resident said a man had knocked on his door asking him to call a taxi. Police arrived and took Cole to the police station where he phoned his parents in Milo. After the parents agreed to pick up their son, Cole was given a ride to Ellsworth in a police cruiser to await their arrival.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander