ELLSWORTH — Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) arrested two Ellsworth men Friday after one allegedly sold five strips of Suboxone to another on a foot path near the city’s business park.
Agents had been following Joshua Cobb, 26, when he picked up a valid prescription for Suboxone from a local pharmacy.
The Suboxone prescription was for strips, which dissolve under a tongue.
“Agents then followed Cobb (who was in a vehicle) to a location near EBS building supply,” said Peter Arno, Division II commander of the MDEA. Cobb got out of the vehicle and walked on a foot path past the high school.
Police saw Cobb allegedly meet John Molina, 32, on the foot path.
“They saw the two meet briefly and exchange something, then leave (on foot) in separate directions,” Arno said. “Believing they had just witnessed a drug transaction, both Cobb and Molina were eventually approached by law enforcement.”
Agents allegedly found a small quantity of Suboxone on Molina. Agents found the drug, five strips shy of the full prescription, on Cobb.
Cobb was charged with Class B trafficking in Schedule W drugs.
Molina was charged with misdemeanor possession of Schedule W drugs.
Molina made bail. Cobb was still incarcerated as of Tuesday afternoon.
Suboxone is a prescription drug created to help people fight opiate addictions.