MACHIAS, Maine — Eleven people were indicted Wednesday by a Washington County grand jury. A majority of the indictments were drug related.
A Milbridge couple charged with hiding $30,000 worth of heroin in their car’s air cleaner were indicted on four counts each: aggravated trafficking in drugs, a Class A crime; illegal importation of drugs; unlawful possession of drugs; and criminal forfeiture of a motor vehicle.
Michele W. Ray, 43, and her husband, Stuart Ray, 48, were originally arrested in March by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency after a two-month surveillance. MDEA told the Bangor Daily News at the time of the arrests that the drugs were headed for Hancock and Washington counties from Connecticut.
MDEA agents, assisted by a state police dog, reported finding 850 bags of heroin hidden inside the couple’s 1999 Subaru’s air cleaner and another 10 bags in their home. The couple have been released on $50,000 bail each.
Also indicted was Christopher Harvey, 35, of Baileyville, who was originally arrested in February as part of a county-wide roundup of unregistered sex offenders. On May 8 in Calais, he was arrested again by the Calais Police Department and charged with a number of drug violations. He was indicted Wednesday on eight counts, including aggravated trafficking and furnishing of drugs and violations of conditions of release. There was one Class A charge, one Class B, three Class C and three Class E. His bail has been set at $100,000.
Class A crimes are punishable by up to 30 years in prison, Class B by up to 10 years in prison, Class C up to five years, Class D less than one year, and Class E up to six months.
Also indicted was Dean T. Moore, 34, of Baileyville who on June 12 allegedly held a neighbor hostage in her home for hours, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. Officials said Moore was armed with a sawed-off shotgun and a knife. When the woman’s mother, 77-year-old Doris Gatchell, returned home, she pulled a gun on Moore and held him until police arrived.
Moore was indicted for burglary and robbery (Class A), possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, criminal threatening, theft by unauthorized taking and criminal restraint.
Other indictments included:
Troy M. Claridge, 39, Calais, two counts unlawful trafficking in drugs, October 2008 at Calais.
Dale Coffin, 45, Machias, assault, criminal mischief and assault on an officer, March 12 at Machias.
Mark R. Fields, 21, Trescott, burglary and two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, September 2008 at Lubec.
Sharley H. Fitzsimmons, 44, Lubec, trafficking in prison contraband, Feb. 2 at Machias.
Scott A. Rackliff, 31, Jonesport, theft by unauthorized taking, June 8-24 at Columbia Falls.
Christopher M. Eisenhauer, 23, Whiting, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, one count of burglary, September 2008 at Lubec.
Donald Newell, 46, Indian Township, burglary, domestic violence assault, violation of a protection order and violation of condition of release, June 22 at Princeton.