Restaurant worker arrested on drug charge

BAR HARBOR — A restaurant employee here was arrested Thursday after reportedly selling cocaine at the restaurant.

Jonathan Parkinson, 23, of Bar Harbor, was arrested on a charge of aggravated trafficking in cocaine.

Parkinson is alleged to have sold cocaine to Maine Drug Enforcement agents on several occasions, according to Chris Thornton, a supervisor with the MDEA Downeast Task Force.

Immediately following the most recent cocaine purchase on July 11, which took place at Parkinson’s place of employment, officials said, MDEA agents and Bar Harbor police approached Parkinson and took him into custody without incident.

The arrest followed a two-month-long criminal investigation by the two agencies, Thornton said, which is still ongoing.

Police said the offense is aggravated because the cocaine sales took place within 1,000 feet of a designated “drug free safe zone.”

Parkinson was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth where he was released the following day on $25,000 bail.


An earlier version of this article contained errors from the press release. Jonathan Parkinson was called John Parkinson, and his town was incorrectly given as Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Islander was able to correct the errors using local police reports.

Becky Pritchard
Former Islander reporter Becky Pritchard covered the town of Bar Harbor and was a park ranger in Acadia for six seasons.
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