CARIBOU, Maine — Two people arrested last year in connection with the operation of methamphetamine labs in Houlton were sentenced Thursday to serve between 4 and 5 years in prison for their roles.
According to Aroostook County District Attorney Todd Collins, Nancy Hardy-Boles, 32, of Houlton, and Kenneth Williams, 42, of Bangor, were sentenced by Justice Robert Murray, a visiting judge in Aroostook County Superior Court.
Hardy-Boles pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and two counts of possession of scheduled drugs. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but five years suspended, in concert with two years probation and a $400 fine. She was given a 3½ year concurrent sentence on the probation violation. Prior to the meth lab charges, she had been charged with possession of hydrocodone and suboxone and other related violations.
She also was convicted of Class B drug trafficking offenses in 2004 and 2008.
Williams pleaded guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine. He received 8 years in prison with all but 4 years suspended, along with 3 years probation and a $1,000 fine.
On Nov. 15, 2010, about a dozen agents and a forensic chemist with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency uncovered evidence at three locations in Houlton that indicated the drug was being manufactured there, according to MDEA Division Commander Darrel Crandall.
MDEA lab teams searched locations on Foxcroft Road and First Street and in a wooded area at the end of First Street. Crandall said agents recovered evidence that included chemicals, solvents and other items typically used in the drug manufacturing process.
Hardy-Boles’ Foxcroft Road property was one of the locations the MDEA’s lab team examined after obtaining a search warrant.
Crandall said that evidence found in the garage at the Hardy-Boles property assured agents that “methamphetamine was made at that location on more than one occasion.”
Hardy-Boles and Williams were among five people who were nabbed by theMDEA during an aggressive roundup in November and December.
In connection with the investigation, Brian Flewelling, 22, of Houlton, was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of scheduled drugs and violation of conditions of release; and Melissa Tidd, 28, and Kenneth Moore, 33, both of Houlton were each charged with trafficking in methamphetamines.