Addison man sentenced to four years for 2nd drug trafficking conviction

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted July 18, 2011, at 12:58 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Addison man accused of transporting $30,000 worth of heroin from Connecticut to Maine has been sentenced to serve four years behind bars, according to documents on file in Hancock County Superior Court.

Michael A. Thibeau, 45, entered a plea of guilty on June 23 in Hancock County Superior Court to a class A charge of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. He was sentenced to serve four years in prison with none of it suspended and to pay $500 in fines and fees and $150 in restitution for police lab processing costs, according to court documents.

Thibeau has a prior drug trafficking conviction in Washington County in 2006.

Thibeau was arrested in March 2009, days after police, acting on a tip, stopped a 1999 Subaru wagon that Thibeau was driving on Route 1A in Dedham. Thibeau was suspected of being involved in a heroin-selling operation in the Milbridge area, police indicated in an affidavit.

During the March 18, 2009, traffic stop, a drug-sniffing dog helped police find 17 bricks of the drug in the air filter of the vehicle’s engine compartment. Each brick contained 50 bags of heroin for a total of 850 bags.

In June 2009, three months after his arrest, Thibeau was indicted on two class A charges of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and a charge of criminal forfeiture for the Subaru that police seized as part of their investigation. He initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Thibeau was driving the drugs allegedly from Connecticut to the Milbridge home of Stuart and Michelle Ray, police indicated later in a press release. The vehicle Thibeau was driving was registered to Michelle Ray, police have said. Police executed a search warrant March 20, 2009, at the Ray’s home, reportedly finding 10 more bags of heroin, and subsequently arrested the couple on charges of aggravated trafficking in heroin, police said.

Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson, the prosecutor in the case, said Monday that the Rays also have pleaded guilty. He said Michelle Ray pleaded guilty last summer in Washington County to a trafficking charge and received a sentence of four years with all but one year suspended. He said Stuart Ray has entered a guilty plea to drug trafficking and is expected to be sentenced in Machias on Monday, July 25.

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