NY Man Arrested with Drugs in Bangor had 10 Outstanding Warrants
A drug bust in Bangor's Capehart neighborhood netted crack cocaine, fentanyl, and the arrest of a man from New York.
Who Was Arrested?
Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says Antron K. Owens of Brooklyn, New York was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants when he was taken into custody on Thursday in Bangor.
What Was Seized in the Drug Bust?
Investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's North Central Task Force have been conducting an investigation into the sale of crack cocaine and fentanyl from a home on Moosehead Boulevard in Bangor for the past two months. During that time, officials say undercover agents were able to purchase crack cocaine from Owens.
On April 13th, drug agents and members of the Bangor Police Department tried to take Owens into custody as he sat in a vehicle located a short distance from Moosehead Boulevard, which is Bangor's Capehart neighborhood. As law enforcement officers approached the vehicle, however, Owens jumped out and ran away. During the foot chase, officers saw Owens throw a weapon on the ground, which turned out to be a stolen 9mm handgun. He didn't make it very far before he was taken into custody. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of approximately $2,500 in suspected drug proceeds.
Following his arrest, officials searched a home on Moosehead Boulevard where Owens had been staying. Seized in that search were approximately 65 grams of fentanyl and another handgun that had the serial numbers removed. Officials say the street value of the seized drugs is approximately $10,000.
What Charges Does He Face?
Owens is charged for this case with:
- Aggravated trafficking in crack/fentanyl
- Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resulting from the MDEA investigation.
These charges were elevated to aggravated due to the presence of a gun and because of the amount of drugs seized.
At the time of his arrest, Owens was wanted on ten outstanding arrest warrants, including:
- Domestic violence aggravated assault
- Domestic violence terrorizing
- Criminal restraint
- Criminal mischief
- Violations of conditions of release
- Failure to appear
- Failure to stop for an officer.
Cash bail was set on all the outstanding warrants exceeds $30,000. In addition to the warrants, Owens was out on seven active sets of bail. All warrants and bail conditions are from the state of Maine.
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Anyone with information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in your community is urged to contact the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency nearest to them, or by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411), or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.