ROCKLAND, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, with the help of state, county and local law enforcement personnel, conducted drug raids this week in Waldoboro and Hope that led to the arrests of five people and charges against two others.
The arrests and charges were announced Friday by MDEA Director Roy McKinney and James Pease, special agent supervisor for the agency’s Mid-Coast Regional Task Force, which serves Waldo, Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties.
On Wednesday, personnel from the MDEA, Knox County Sheriff’s Department and Maine Warden Service executed a search warrant at the home of Joyce Marble, 62, Jared Hansen, 32, and Holly Marble, 31, on Easy Lane in Hope, McKinney and Pease said.
They said the MDEA obtained the warrant after an investigation during which they learned that the three were using a greenhouse and an outbuilding to grow marijuana. As a result of the search, agents reportedly seized 93 marijuana plants in various states of growth from several locations inside and outside the house and in the greenhouse.
Agents also reportedly seized about a pound of processed marijuana, worth about $2,000, much of it packaged for sale, as well as Suboxone and methadone, about 2 grams of hashish and evidence of hashish production.
Hansen was arrested and taken to Knox County Jail on charges of aggravated marijuana trafficking and aggravated marijuana cultivation. MDEA officials said the charges were elevated because of a prior drug trafficking conviction in Knox County in 1999. Hansen also was charged with possession of methadone.
Holly Marble was arrested and charged with marijuana trafficking and possession of methadone. She also was taken to Knox County Jail. Joyce Marble was charged with marijuana cultivation, but was not arrested.
On Friday, personnel from the MDEA, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Waldoboro Police Department, Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police executed a search warrant at the home of Scot Winchenbach, 51, and Brenda Cronk, 47, on Old County Road in Waldoboro. The warrant was executed after an investigation into the two growing marijuana.
As a result of the raid, agents seized about 12 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $2,000 a pound, as well as 10 marijuana plants that had been harvested earlier in the day.
Winchenbach was arrested on a felony marijuana possession charge and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Brenda Cronk was issued a summons for felony marijuana possession.
While the drug raid in Hope was being conducted, agents conducted a bail check in Waldoboro at the home of Erik Cronk, 25, and Alissa Sprague, 28, on Old County Road, MDEA officials said.
They said agents executed a search warrant at that residence on Sept. 30 and seized more than 10 pounds of marijuana and 30 marijuana plants. Cronk and Sprague were arrested at that time and were out on bail for felony marijuana possession charges, state drug agents said.
As a result of the bail check, the two were arrested again for using illegal drugs, thereby violating the conditions of their release last month. The MDEA seized 5.6 pounds of marijuana butter and 2 ounces of marijuana buds, they said.
The two were charged with bail violations and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Authorities said they will not be released on bail until they appear before a judge next week.