Fugitive Tosswill caught by MDEA, Augusta policeTosswill considered fugitive after failing to report to prison
Camden — A Camden man convicted for trafficking cocaine was arrested around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, June 15 by agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with the assistance of the Augusta Police Department, according to Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne.
Edward Tosswill, 57, was declared a fugitive after he failed to report to prison June 1. He was sentenced to serve four years in jail with all but two years suspended in March 2012 after pleading no contest to three counts of trafficking cocaine in the summer of 2010.
Tosswill was ordered by Justice Jeffery Hjelm to report to prison on June 1 at his March sentencing.
Following an investigation spanning several months, police arrested Tosswill for allegedly trafficking cocaine in the Camden-Rockland area during June and July 2010, according to previously published reports.
Agents and officers with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announced July 20, 2010, that they, along with officers from the Camden and Rockland police departments, Maine State Police, and Knox County Sheriff's Office, had executed a search warrant at Tosswill's Camden residence and subsequently arrested him, according to previously published reports. James Pease, special agent supervisor of the MDEA's Midcoast Regional Task Force Office — covering Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties — said the initial arrest took place July 7, 2010.
According to a 2010 news release from the MDEA, the investigation "found that Tosswill was supplying several people, who were redistributing cocaine in the Camden-Rockland area." The release said agents seized approximately 20 grams of cocaine valued at about $100 a gram, and 49 oxycodone 5 milligram pills valued at $5 apiece. They also seized $15,839 in cash, which they believed derived from drug sales.
Tosswill is a native of the United Kingdom and has lived in the U.S. since the 1980s. Tosswill believed he would be deported after serving his jail time, according to neighbors who spoke with him in the weeks leading up to his disappearance. He had a large yard sale outside his Mechanic Street home during the month of May, giving passersby the appearance he was liquidating his remaining possessions before reporting to prison.
Tosswill's Facebook profile — which is open to the public — includes a comment from Tosswill on June 2 in response to a video posted to his wall by one of his Facebook friends.
"On the beach," Tosswill commented, using a mobile phone.
On Wednesday June 13 — prior to Tosswill's most recent arrest — Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue said there were two warrants out for Tosswill's arrest. The first was "an outstanding warrant on the drug case that he failed to appear on," she said. The second was a warrant issued for failure to report to prison.
Gagne said various law enforcement agencies around the state were notified about Tosswill's fugitive status.
Pease said Monday, June 18, the MDEA traced Tosswill's whereabouts using the leads generating by interviewing various subjects. Pease said the MDEA also tracked Tosswill's credit card use. He said Tosswill does not appear to have left Maine during his time on the run.
"He's been between Knox and Kennebec counties," Pease said.
Tosswill was arrested at Super 8 Motel in Augusta and is presently being held at Kennebec County Jail in Augusta while awaiting confirmation of the date for a court appearance to address his failure to report to jail.
Pease said he believes Tosswill will serve additional time for his attempt to flee, though he is uncertain what the addition to the sentence would likely be.
Courier Publications reporter Jenna Lookner can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at email@example.com.