INDIAN TOWNSHIP, Maine — Indian Township police, with assistance from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, have broken up what they describe as a major prescription drug ring on the Passamaquoddy reservation.
The agencies jointly arrested five people late Wednesday in Indian Township on charges of trafficking in OxyContin.
Police Chief Alexander Nicholas said the arrests came after an intensive six-month undercover investigation. He said all the alleged drug activity took place within the Passamaquoddy Tribe community.
All of those arrested were charged with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, Class B, and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. Class B crimes are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Those arrested were Archie J. Lacoote II, 35, five counts of trafficking and one count of possession; Cecil L. Stanley, 29, two counts of trafficking; Siobhan E. Jervis, 29, one count of trafficking; Daniel M. Lacoote Sr., 32, one count of trafficking; Michael F. Lacoote Sr., 37, three counts of trafficking.
Nicholas said bail for each of the defendants was set at $5,000 cash with the exception of Archie Lacoote II, whose bail was set at $10,000.
Five of the six people implicated in the drug deals were arrested late Wednesday and are being held at Washington County Jail. Nicholas said a sixth person is still being sought.
Officers from both agencies as well as the Passamaquoddy Warden Service executed the warrants at two separate residences and reportedly confiscated cash and drugs.