Three charged, including teen, in Waldoboro oxycodone bust
Waldoboro — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency say two men and a teenager have been charged in Waldoboro following a three-month investigation into the illegal distribution of oxycodone throughout Lincoln County.
James Chamberlain, 39, of Waldoboro, and Louis Atkinson, 24, of Greene were arrested Oct. 19 for Class A aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs. Chamberlain was also charged with violating his bail for a prior assault charge.
Also charged was a 17-year-old Waldoboro boy for trafficking in schedule W drugs.
On Oct. 19, drugs agents along with deputies of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and state troopers made the arrests as Chamberlain and Atkinson were in the process of selling oxycodone to the teenager as they were parked along Route 1 in Waldoboro in Chamberlain’s 2003 Chevrolet Impala.
A search of the car resulted in the seizure of a loaded 9-mm handgun, 342 30 mg oxycodone pills and $1,500 in suspected drug proceeds.
The investigation revealed that Atkinson has been bringing oxycodone from New York to Maine for distribution in Lincoln County. Atkinson is originally from New York City and recently moved to Greene. The average price of an oxycodone pill is between $45 and $50, making the street value of the seized pills more than $15,000.
Chamberlain and Atkinson were transported to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Chamberlain was denied bail due to violating his current bail on the pending assault charge. Atkinson’s bail was set at $25,000 cash or $100,000 surety. The teenager received a summons for a future court appearance.
Officers from the Waldoboro Police Department and wardens from the Maine Warden Service also assisted in the arrests and search of the car Saturday night.