GREENBUSH, Maine — Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies arrested a local couple Friday afternoon on felony drug trafficking charges after an anonymous tip led them to a patch of harvested marijuana plants behind their home.
Brewer police arrested the couple again early Monday for violating their bail conditions and sent them back to jail, Brewer police Lt. Chris Martin said.
Michelle Briley, 42, and William Bailey, 41, both face felony marijuana trafficking charges after police found the stripped pot plants behind their Cardville Road home on Friday and got a search warrant to raid the home, Troy Morton, deputy chief for Penobscot County, said Monday.
“We seized a large amount of processed marijuana,” he said, adding that more than 3 pounds of pot was taken from the home as evidence.
Bailey also was found in possession of diverted prescription medication and was charged with unlawful possession of a scheduled drug.
Both Briley and Bailey were taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and were booked in around 5:10 p.m. Friday.
“They bailed out that night and were picked up by Brewer for bail violations,” Morton said.
Brewer police heard that Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies “took down a couple of drug dealers and they relocated to Brewer,” Martin said.
He said Brewer police followed up and found the couple had violated their bail conditions, which barred them from possessing or consuming alcohol.
Officers Liz Kelley and Cpl. Levi Sewall, who conducted the bail search at 7:20 a.m. Monday, found a bottle of liquor in the bathroom of the couple’s Brewer motel room, the lieutenant said.
Police also found an oxycodone pill on Briley, so she was charged with possession of scheduled drugs, he said.
Both Briley and Bailey were returned to jail and remained there Monday afternoon, a jail official said. If convicted of the felony drug trafficking charges against them, both face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000.