Drug cases focus of grand jury indictments

Posted May 13, 2009, at 9:21 p.m.

CRAWFORD, Maine — The Washington County grand jury handed up indictments that included drug charges against two Baileyville residents and, in a separate case, against two Calais men.

Indicted Tuesday on multiple counts of trafficking and possession of scheduled drugs were Melissa Cox, 34, and Gerald A. Perry, 48, both of Baileyville, after the seizure by police on Route 9 last month of a cache of drugs valued at more than $5,000.

Cox was charged with aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, Class A. She also was charged with five counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. Perry was charged with unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, Class B, and five counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. He also was charged with criminal forfeiture.

Assistant District Attorney Joelle Pratt said Wednesday that the charge for Cox was elevated to aggravated because she had a conviction in 2002 for trafficking in drugs.

“If convicted she could serve up to 20 years,” Pratt said on this latest charge.

Perry and Cox could be sentenced up to 10 years each on the unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs charges.

The two were arrested by Washington County Sheriff’s Department officers April 17 in Crawford. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Maine State Police assisted in the arrest.

Police seized 42½ grams of cocaine, 28 methadone pills, seven Percocet pills, 12 hydrocodone pills and 11 Xanax pills along with $926 in cash and a 1992 Mercury Sable.

Bail for Perry and Cox was set at $25,000 cash each and the two remained in the Washington County Jail on Wednesday. They are expected to be arraigned on the charges in June, Pratt said.

In a separate case, the grand jury indicted Ivan Cabrera, 27, and Larry L. Bowen Jr., 26, for unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, Class C. Both men are from Calais.

In January, a quantity of marijuana with a street value of more than $13,000 was seized by state drug enforcement agents and Calais police.

The law enforcement officials had learned from a source that a suspicious package had been sent from Texas to Calais. The package was delivered to Bowen’s residence. Police had the Bowen residence under surveillance. Shortly after the package was delivered, two men left the residence in a vehicle and police stopped them.

Agents and police, armed with a search warrant, then searched Bowen’s residence.

They found the package that had been delivered had been opened and some of the marijuana already had been broken down into retail quantities.

Police seized 6.6 pounds of marijuana valued at $13,200, as well as packaging materials from this delivery and two previous deliveries, each alleged to have contained 6.6 pounds of marijuana.

The two are expected to be arraigned next month.

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