Rockland methadone clinic counselor charged with attempted possession of cocaine

Posted Aug. 12, 2010, at 3:59 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Another methadone clinic worker here is facing charges related to a cocaine bust last month, according to James Pease, supervisor of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency midcoast task force.

Carol Gardiner, 47, of Thorndike was summoned on July 16 for attempted possession of cocaine, Pease said Thursday.

Gardiner works as a counselor at Turning Tide, a substance abuse clinic on New County Road in Rockland.

The clinic’s owner, Angel Fuller-McMahan, 42, of Owls Head, was arrested on July 13 after police saw her conducting a drug deal in a private parking lot along New County Road and pulled her car over after she left the lot, according to a police report. MDEA agents reported finding about $2,500 worth of cocaine in her pants.

“As we did our investigation over several months we found the two were buying the cocaine together,” Pease said of Gardiner and Fuller-McMahan.

Some of the ounce of cocaine confiscated from Fuller-McMahan on July 13 “was going to be for Carol,” Pease said Thursday.

Officers also seized hypodermic needles from Fuller-McMahan and her 2000 Ford Escort, according to the police report.

Fuller-McMahan was brought to Knox County Jail at 11:20 a.m. July 13 and was released at 1:17 p.m. the same day after paying $5,000 unsecured bail.

Police reports and court documents regarding Gardiner were not available Thursday.

Attempted possession of cocaine is a Class C crime punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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