Two pleas entered in pharmacy burglary

Posted March 22, 2010, at 7:32 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Three of the five people charged in a January burglary of the Pleasant Point Health Center pharmacy appeared Monday in Washington County District Court. Two pleaded not guilty, and one had her court date postponed.

All five, who were arrested over a three-day period after the late-January burglary, are facing a variety of drug violation and burglary charges.

In court Monday, John Mulholland, 41, of Princeton pleaded not guilty to 13 drug-related counts including theft by unauthorized taking; aggravated trafficking in drugs, Class A; unlawful trafficking, Class B; aggravated unlawful furnishing of drugs, Class B; six counts of unlawful possession of drugs; receiving stolen property; and two counts of violation of conditions of release. His bail was set at $100,000 surety.

Rachael L. Brown, 28, of Princeton pleaded not guilty to 10 charges, including one Class A and three Class B drug felonies. Her bail was set at $1,000 cash.

Jillian Francis, 32, of Pleasant Point failed to have an attorney with her Monday, and her arraignment was postponed until April 26. Her bail was set at $500 cash. She has been indicted on 10 counts, including receiving stolen property, Class B; aggravated trafficking, Class A; unlawful trafficking of drugs, Class B; aggravated unlawful furnishing of drugs, Class B; and six counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Others charged in the burglary but not scheduled for court Monday include William J. Smith, 39, of Perry, 16 charges including aggravated trafficking in drugs, and Sugum J. Francis, 33, of Pleasant Point, 15 charges, including several Class B drug charges and a Class A charge of aggravated trafficking.

Class A crimes are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines; Class B crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

In an unrelated case, Jackie C. Fenton, 60, of Jonesport appeared before Justice Kevin M. Cuddy without an attorney, therefore Cuddy postponed his arraignment until April 26.

Fenton was indicted by a Hancock County grand jury earlier this year on charges that he failed to file or pay state income taxes for several years.

Fenton is accused of failing to file or make tax returns in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and is accused of failing to pay his taxes in 2005, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Each count could be punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

A commercial fisherman, Fenton was convicted in 2004 in Machias District Court on six Class D misdemeanor counts of failure to file or make tax returns. He was sentenced to serve nine months in jail with all but 20 days suspended on the misdemeanor tax violations. He also was ordered to pay $13,321, to serve one year of probation and to pay a fine of $1,000, according to previous reports.

Prosecutors declined to say how much Fenton allegedly owes the state on the latest charges.

In another separate case, Kerry A. Nash, 49, of Milbridge entered a plea of not guilty to aggravated trafficking, Class B; aggravated furnishing of drugs; three counts of unlawful possession of drugs; and aggravated marijuana cultivation.

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