MDEA Arrests 2 at Bangor Ramada Allegedly Trafficking Fentanyl
Maine Drug Enforcement agents arrested two men at the Bangor Ramada for allegedly trafficking in fentanyl.
An investigation has been ongoing into suspected drug activity in and around the area of Odlin Road and Outer Hammond Street. Officials say drug agents and Bangor Police Officers served search warrants on rooms at the Ramada Inn on Thursday, recovering evidence of drug crimes. As part of this investigation, drug agents say they had previously purchased suspected fentanyl from 37-year-old Brian Webb, who was staying in one of the rooms that was searched. He was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in fentanyl, a charge that was elevated to aggravated because of a prior drug felony conviction in Florida.
The previous week, a joint surveillance team assigned to the investigation witnessed suspicious activity in the area and stopped a vehicle carrying 39-year-old Darren Seidell of Bangor. Seidell is on probation for a previous trafficking in heroin conviction in Maine. A search of the vehicle, with assistance from a Bangor Police K-9 team, resulted in the seizure of approximately 120 grams of suspected fentanyl. The retail value of the drugs is roughly $18,000. Seidell was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in fentanyl.
The Odlin Road hotel has been housing members of Bangor's homeless population since the pandemic began. The large number of transients has caused concern for some area businesses, who say their customers are being harassed or asked for money. Still others have complained about the increase in activity in the area.
Officials say this investigation will continue, as the MDEA and Bangor Police work cooperatively to address these issues. Anyone who suspects drug crimes is encouraged to contact their local police department or text MDEA, followed by your information, to 847411.