March 30, 2013

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Drug agents seize bath salts, arrest suspects in Bangor ring

Maine drug agents have seized a bath salts mailing in Presque Isle and arrested several suspects in an oxycodone ring in Bangor.

In Presque Isle, Maine Drug Enforcement agents and local police on Thursday arrested Joshua Dunn, 25, and took possession of packages containing what drug agents believed to be synthetic cathinones, or bath salts. Agents also seized $900 in cash. Dunn faces trafficking charges and was in jail Friday.

Drug agents said they wrapped up a yearlong criminal investigation of illegal oxycodone sales with arrests in Bangor and Caribou. 

Man guilty of selling pills, hiding income from SSA

An Augusta man has pleaded guilty to selling his OxyContin and hiding income from Social Security officials.

Benjamin Peaslee Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court this week to charges of concealing information material to eligibility for Social Security benefits and making a false statement in a federal matter.

Prosecutors say Peaslee, 61, sold a dozen of the name-brand pills each month for $100 each so he could get cash to buy the next month's supply of the powerful prescription painkiller while he was getting federal benefits.

He also failed to disclose $1,200 in monthly income to either Social Security or the Department of Health and Human Service.

He will be sentenced at a future date. 

Minimum-wage, tax issues on next week's agendas

Lawmakers are putting off until next week further debate and action on a minimum wage increase, and a pair of contentious tax-related bills.

The House on Thursday endorsed its earlier vote to raise Maine's minimum wage to $9 by 2016. But the Senate took no action.

Two tax bills scheduled to be considered in the House Thursday will be on the agenda next week. One would provide tax breaks on investment income and the sale of capital assets; the other would increase the state earned-income credit from 5 percent to 50 percent of the federal credit.

 

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