On Monday, Maine State Police issued a press release indicating that Jeff Bishop, age 53, of Cherryfield, had been arrested by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA). Bishop was charged with four counts of Aggravated Furnishing of Schedule Drugs (Hydrocodone and Fentanyl) and one count of Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs.
These charges, the press release said, are aggravated as a result of trafficking within 1,000 feet of a school and furnishing drugs to a minor.
On Feb. 3, 2021, Washington County Sheriff’s Office recovered illicit drugs in the Town of Harrington. This was in response to a complaint they were investigating at the Narraguagus High School where a minor was provided drugs.
Maine Drug Enforcement Special Agents of the Downeast Task Force serving Washington County joined the investigation to identify the source of the seized drugs.
The recovered drugs were identified as 22 pills containing hydrocodone and three three small bags containing a total of approximately 800 milligrams of a powder identified as containing fentanyl.
The investigation led to the arrest of Jeffrey Bishop on Friday, Feb. 5 at approximately 4:15 p.m. Bishop was arrested without incident in Harrington with the assistance of Washington County Sheriff ‘s Office and Maine State Police.
Agents subsequently served a search warrant at Bishop’s Cherryfield residence Friday evening, where agents seized additional evidence of drug trafficking to include 110 hydrocodone pills not prescribed to Bishop.
Bishop was taken to the Aroostook County Jail with bail set at $50,000 cash and initial appearance date of Monday, Feb. 8.
According to Calais Police Chief Dave Randall, he learned of Bishop’s arrest on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, after being notified by MDEA. “At that time, we advised MDEA that the Calais Police Department would cooperate with any investigation that needs to take place,” he said.
Bishop has worked at multiple police departments over the last 25 years, according to Bishop’s Facebook page.
“We are very surprised and concerned about the allegations against Mr. Bishop, as we are well aware that if they are proven, this is not just a black eye to our department, but to all of law enforcement. We believe that all law enforcement officers must be held to a higher standard to keep our justice system above reproach,” Randall said.
“Mr. Bishop submitted his resignation on January 12, 2021 and his last day of employment was January 30th, 2021,” Randall noted. Randall could provide no further comment, noting the “ongoing investigation” by another department.
If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in this state, you are urged to contact the MDEA texting TIP411 (847411) or calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.