3 charged in Newport drug bust

This story was published on June 05, 2006 on Page B1 in all editions of the Bangor Daily News

NEWPORT – A drug pipeline that was bringing cocaine, heroin and other drugs from Massachusetts to Calais was broken up this weekend when Newport police said they observed a transaction in Newport.

Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said a local woman, Christal Bryson, 33, was arrested along with two others, Walter Durgin, 48, and April Bracken, 34, both of Auburndale, Mass.

All three were taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, charged with possession of drugs.

Details of the bust were still sketchy Sunday night because the arresting officer, David Wintle, was tied up searching Durgin’s car and completing reports, Macdaid said.

Newport police began receiving information about a possible drug delivery last Thursday, according to Macdaid, and monitored a location until they observed a sale around midnight Saturday.

Wintle said that because the investigation is still active, police would not reveal where the drug bust was made.

“They were ferrying the drugs from Massachusetts to Calais, and Newport was one of their stops along the way,” Macdaid said Sunday afternoon.

Macdaid said the vehicle, a 2005 Ford pickup, was impounded and the three people were arrested.

Seized in the arrest were one-half gram of cocaine, 6 grams of heroin, crack cocaine, a large number of pills, including Valium, methadone, Xanax and others, and various crack pipes. Macdaid did not know street value of the drugs that were confiscated.

Wintle said more details would be available early this week.