HOULTON, Maine — A 31-year-old local woman was arrested and charged Monday with aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine, according to Darrell Crandall, division commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Nancy Hardy-Boles became the fourth person arrested in the past few weeks after MDEA agents uncovered evidence that the suspects have been involved in operating methamphetamine labs in the community, Crandall said Tuesday.
Hardy-Boles’ Foxcroft Road property was one of the locations the MDEA’s lab team examined on Nov. 25 after obtaining a search warrant. A residence on First Street and a wooded location at the end of First Street also were searched.
Crandall said that recovered evidence indicated that people had been making methamphetamine at the locations. Agents also reportedly seized chemicals, solvents and other items typically used in the manufacturing process.
Crandall said that evidence found in the garage at the Hardy-Boles property has assured agents that “methamphetamine was made at that location on more than one occasion.”
The three other suspects charged with trafficking in methamphetamine are Melissa Tidd, 28, of Houlton; Kenneth Williams, 41, of Lakeland, Fla.; and Kenneth Moore, 33, of Houlton. It is probable that more suspects will be charged before the investigation is completed, Crandall said.
Hardy-Boles faces the most serious charge, Class A aggravated trafficking, because of her criminal record. In Maine, a Class A offense is punishable by no less than four years and up to 30 years in prison.
She was convicted of a Class B drug trafficking offense in 2004 and a Class B trafficking offense in 2008. The 2008 offense was originally charged as a Class A aggravated offense, but a plea bargain resulted in the reduced charge, according to Crandall.
Hardy-Boles has been in custody on a probation violation since Nov. 15, based on MDEA charges of possession of hydrocodone and suboxone and other related violations, he said.