Harrington man pleads not guilty in heroin bust

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted June 22, 2009, at 11:48 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Harrington man accused of transporting $30,000 worth of heroin from Connecticut to Maine pleaded not guilty Friday when he was arraigned in Hancock County Superior Court.

Michael Thibeau, 43, was indicted earlier this month by the Hancock County grand jury on charges of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and criminal forfeiture of a motor vehicle.

According to a police affidavit on file in Superior Court, Thibeau was stopped by police March 18 as he was driving a 1999 Subaru station wagon east on Route 1A in Dedham. Thibeau had been identified by police as a suspect in a heroin dealing operation in Milbridge. Police, including a drug-sniffing dog, searched the vehicle and found 850 bags of heroin in the air filter of the Subaru’s engine compartment, the affidavit indicates.

Police wrote in the document that Thibeau has a previous drug conviction. He was convicted in Washington County Superior Court in June 2006 of trafficking in scheduled drugs, they indicated. That conviction came after his arrest in Machias in September 2005 on suspicion of selling heroin.

It was not clear Monday afternoon whether Thibeau was being held in custody. Bail for Thibeau had been set at $250,000 surety or $100,000 cash. Corrections officers at jails in Hancock and Washington counties each said late Thursday afternoon that Thibeau was not on their lists of inmates.

Also entering a not guilty plea Friday in Hancock County Superior Court was Eric S. Murphy Jr., 47, who is accused of bilking investors in his business, Murphy Home Loans of Ellsworth. Murphy was indicted earlier this month on charges of theft, securities fraud and forgery.

According to Murphy’s indictment, a copy of which is on file in Superior Court, Murphy had sold securities to at least eight investors but misled them about how their investments would be used. The indictment indicates that Murphy allegedly:

• Failed to tell the investors that he was having financial problems and that he intended to use some of their money to meet his monetary obligations.

• Told investors their money would be deposited into a trust account when he actually used it in a general business checking account.

• Led investors to believe their money would fund a single construction loan when he actually used it to pay his business and personal expenses and obligations.

A state regulatory official, in revoking Murphy’s license in April, wrote in a report that Murphy stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from employees and investors in the Ponzi-type scheme.

Murphy remains free on $10,000 unsecured bail.

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