A Brooklyn, New York man was arrested last Friday in Woodland following an investigation by MDEA into importation of Oxycodone into Aroostook County.


Over the past several weeks, MDEA’s Aroostook Task Force in Houlton, has been investigating a group responsible the illegal distribution of Oxycodone in the greater Caribou area, according to a press release Monday.

During the investigation agents were able to identify a man from Brooklyn, New York as being the source of supply for several hundred Oxycodone pills to this area on a monthly basis.

On Friday afternoon, agents arrested  30-year-old Michael Trader of Brooklyn, New York. Trader was taken into custody after arriving in Aroostook County from New York in order to deliver more diverted Oxycodone pills to the area.

Trader has been charged with two (2) counts of Class “B” Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Oxycodone) and Class “D” Falsifying Physical Evidence. The latter charge was filed due to the fact that Trader destroyed evidence during the time investigators were attempting to take him into custody. Seized in connection with this investigation were 200 Oxycodone tablets with a street value of $6000.

Trader is currently being held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton where bail has been set at $25,000 in cash or $75,000 surety.

The MDEA was assisted in this investigation by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). This investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible.

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in this state, you are urged to contact the MDEA office closest to you or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

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