Owner of Rockland clinic arrested on drug charge

Posted July 13, 2010, at 4:37 p.m.
Angel Fuller-McMahan, charge was unlawful possess of cocaine  class b. STEEVES STORY
Angel Fuller-McMahan, charge was unlawful possess of cocaine class b. STEEVES STORY

ROCKLAND, Maine — The owner of a substance abuse clinic in Rockland was arrested and charged Tuesday with possession of cocaine, according to police.

Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency charged Angel Fuller-McMahan, 42, of Owls Head after finding about $2,500 worth of cocaine in her pants, according to a press release issued by the Maine State Police, who assisted in the case. Fuller-McMahan owns Turning Tide, a substance abuse clinic on New County Road in Rockland.

Police saw Fuller-McMahan “conducting a drug deal in a private parking lot along New County Road,” according to the release, and pulled her car over after she left the lot.

James Pease, supervisor of MDEA’s midcoast task force, said later that the drug transaction occurred somewhere near the clinic.

After Fuller-McMahan was pulled over, police seized 1 ounce of cocaine, some hypodermic needles and her 2000 Ford Escort, according to police.

She was brought to Knox County Jail at 11:20 a.m. and was released at 1:17 p.m. Tuesday after paying $5,000 unsecured bail.

State police and MDEA agents were assisted by the Rockland Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Pease said the arrest is indicative of the drug problem in Knox County, where police are concerned about the amount of prescription drug and cocaine abuse.

“It shows we have a problem, and this could be a problem that reaches out to a lot of different people,” Pease said in a phone interview Tuesday evening.

According to Turning Tide’s website, the clinic provides addicts and their families with counseling as well as medication-assisted recovery that gives opiate addicts methadone to help with drug withdrawal symptoms.

In 2006 the clinic was approved by Rockland after a long battle over its location, with hundreds of residents protesting its proposed proximity to neighborhoods with children and its potential effect on property values, according to Bangor Daily News archives.

According to the clinic’s website, it opened as an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in July 2008.

Fuller-McMahan is scheduled to appear 0

Aug. 25 in Knox County Superior Court, according to Maine State Police.

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