June 25, 2018
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3 midcoast residents arrested on drug-trafficking charges

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — Police arrested three people in the midcoast area earlier this month on charges of trafficking in cocaine, Xanax and Ritalin.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency worked to track down John Wall of South Thomaston, a man police said supplied cocaine to drug dealers in Rockland. According to police, Wall fled the area earlier this year.

“Wall disappeared during the early spring of 2010 after he realized that MDEA, Rockland police and the Knox Sheriff’s Office were investigating him for cocaine trafficking,” stated a release Tuesday from Maine State Police. “Wall was found hiding at a house in Monmouth on 8/10/2010 and arrested.”

Wall, 45, was charged with trafficking cocaine and violating bail conditions.

He is being held without bail in Knox County Jail, accused of violating probation. According to police, Wall has an extensive criminal record including burglary and possession of cocaine.

Many of the dealers Wall sold to already have been arrested, police said.

Also arrested in early August were David Libby of Rockland and his fiancee, Charlotte Shellman, also of Rockland. Both were charged with aggravated trafficking of Xanax.

Libby, 40, also was charged with violation of probation. He was arrested Aug. 3.

Shellman, 36, also was charged with aggravated trafficking of Ritalin. She allegedly was selling in a drug-free zone near the recreation center and the library.

Through an MDEA investigation, agents reportedly purchased Xanax from Libby and Shellman. Agents also allegedly bought Ritalin from Shellman, a drug that prescribed to neither her nor Libby. Neither had prescriptions for Xanax.

Agents gave Shellman a summons last week. She already was in Knox County Jail on unrelated theft charges, according to a Maine State Police e-mail.

Libby is being held on $500 cash bail. Shellman is being held on $2,500 cash bail.

As of Tuesday, all three remained in Knox County Jail.

According to data from the Maine Office of Substance Abuse, 225 people in Knox County have sought treatment for prescription drug abuse so far this year, up from 54 in 2001. Surrounding counties, including Waldo, Sagadahoc and Lincoln, also have seen a steady rise in prescription drug abuse, but Knox County’s numbers tower in the midcoast.

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