Police arrest five after drug theft at Pleasant Point

Posted Jan. 12, 2010, at 11:06 p.m.

PLEASANT POINT, Maine — Five people have been arrested and nearly 22,000 individual doses of prescription drugs recovered after a burglary last Friday at the Pleasant Point Health Center.

Those arrested include: Sugum Francis, 33, of Pleasant Point, charged with burglary; William Smith, 39, Pleasant Point, burglary; Jillian Francis, 30, Pleasant Point, possession of illegal drugs; John Moholland, 40, Princeton, trafficking in illegal drugs and violation of bail conditions; and Rachel Brown, 28, Princeton, posses-sion of illegal drugs.

The burglary took place early Friday and, according to Pleasant Point Police Chief Ralph E. Dana, the drugs stolen included “both commonly abused and not commonly abused items.”

Dana did not elaborate on the brand names of the drugs nor did he say how the burglary was accomplished.

Once the investigation was launched early Friday, several suspects were identified and a search warrant was issued Sunday morning for a Pleasant Point residence.

It was executed by the Pleasant Point Police and members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Dana said.

As a result, a large quantity of prescription medications was recovered at that residence. As the investigation proceeded, a second search was conducted at a home in Princeton.

That search also resulted in the recovery of a large quantity of the stolen prescriptions.

“Approximately 80 to 85 percent of the [drugs] taken have been recovered,” Dana said.

Dana said further charges and arrests are expected.

He said that in addition to MDEA, support was provided by a U.S. Border Patrol K-9 team, the Maine State Police and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

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