Pair nabbed in drug bust
Rockland — A Rockland couple has been charged in what police said was a major illegal Oxycontin supply line for the Midcoast.
More arrests are expected, according to police.
Michael Rainville, 27, of Rockland was arrested for Class B trafficking in Oxycontin. Amanda Rainville, 24, of Rockport was issued a summons for Class D possession of Suboxone, according to a news release from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
On Jan. 11, the MDEA, Rockland police, the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Rockport police and the Maine State Police executed a search warrant at 490A Rockland St. in Rockport after a several-month investigation into Oxycontin being sold from the residence.
Earlier in the day, agents intercepted a package that was destined for the house that contained 100 Oxycontin OC 80 milligrams pills. These pills were taken out of the market several months ago and have been replaced by Oxycontin OP 80 milligrams pills. They were replaced to help curb the abuse of the pills.
During the investigation, police found that the old Oxycontin OC 80 milligrams pills were being sold in the Rockland area for $200 to $250 apiece. During the summer of 2010 they were selling for about $100 each. The pills skyrocketed in price on the illegal market once the pharmaceutical company stopped making the pills.
The confiscated pills have a value of $20,000 to $25,000. The pills were being shipped from out of state to the Midcoast to be resold. Agents found other various pills, hypodermic needles and anabolic steroids in the house.
Michael Rainville was arrested at the house and taken to the Knox County Jail and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.
Amanda Rainville was issued a summons after agents found her in possession of Suboxone that she was not prescribed.
"This seizure is very significant due to this was the major source of the Oxycontin 80 OC pills in the Midcoast," MDEA stated in a news release.