Ten arrested in multi-agency sweep in Washington County

Posted April 08, 2011, at 7:51 p.m.

PERRY, Maine — Ten people were arrested overnight Thursday into Friday as part of a joint operation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Maine Forest Service.

The operation was based out of the Perry Fire Station from where officers conducted bail checks, probation checks, drug court checks and warrant arrests in the area.

Operation Round Up 1 was part of an effort to determine who has been setting dozens of arson wildfires and structure fires for more than a year in the Perry, Pembroke and Pleasant Point areas, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office website.

While no one was charged in connection with any arson, several were arrested and booked into the Washington County Jail:

Abel Burse, 31, Eastport, violation of bail, no bail allowed; Carlton Cooper, 32, Cooper, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, bail set at $750 cash; Jeremy Farley, 22, Baring, violation of bail, no bail allowed; Dylan Francis, 30, Pleasant Point, violation of bail, no bail allowed; James Lintott, 64, Eastport, violation of bail, no bail allowed; Crystal Roussel, 27, Cooper, unlawful trafficking in schedule drugs, bail set at $750 cash; William Smith, 40, Pleasant Point, violation of bail, no bail allowed.

Police reported three additional arrests but did not release names to protect an ongoing investigation. Those three people were released.

Assisting in the operation were members of the Maine State Police and the police departments of Pleasant Point, Eastport and Calais.

The Office of the Fire Marshal will continue the arson investigation using information gathered during the overnight operation.

Anyone with information concerning possible arson fires is requested to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal, Senior Investigator Tim Lowell at 532-5405, the Maine Forest Service, Sergeant Courtney Hammond at 1-800-987-0257 or the the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Travis Willey at 255-4422.

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