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Two men face charges in cocaine trafficking case

Article from Bangor Daily News, Thursday, March 16, 2006

of the NEWS Staff

MEDFORD - A Medford man and an Ellsworth resident face drug charges as a result of an investigation that spanned three counties and in which cocaine, cash and guns were seized.

Billy Knowlton, 21, of Ellsworth and Paul Gray, 21, of Medford were arrested Tuesday and charged with unlawful trafficking in cocaine.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents assigned to Hancock County began invest-
tigating the alleged cocaine trafficking of Knowlton in the past two weeks, according to Darrell Crandall, DEA division commander. On March 10, agents in Penobscot County joined in and helped follow Knowlton to Gray's Medford home.

Gray and Knowlton later left Gray's home in a vehicle that was stopped by agents on Interstate 95 in Bangor, according to Crandall. He said Knowlton tried to run from the agents and discard cocaine as he ran. He was quickly captured and the cocaine was recovered, he said. At this location, agents seized about 1.5 ounces of cocaine valued at about $4,200 and $2,800 in cash, Crandall said.

Agents subsequently executed a search warrant of Gray's home where they found more than a half pound of cocaine valued at more than $22,000, six firearms, and approximately $13,800 in cash that agents allege was received from the sale of drugs.

Knowlton and Gray were taken to Penobscot County Jail where they posted bail. Both are expected to make their initial court appearances on April 14.

The Piscataquis and Penobscot county sheriffs' departments, Maine State Police and Bangor police assisted the DEA.

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