Five charged with operating Hancock County drug ring

By Kevin Miller, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 08, 2011, at 12:57 p.m.

Maine drug enforcement agents recently arrested five residents of Hancock County accused of operating a cocaine-selling ring in Deer Isle and Stonington.

Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency collected more than 100 grams of cocaine with a street value of roughly $10,000 as well as Vicodin and other prescription drugs during several months of undercover operations and a raid on several residences last week.

Agents purchased cocaine from five different Hancock County residents who they believed were working together, according to a press release from the MDEA. The following people were arrested Wednesday as part of the drug sting operation:

  1. Donald Smith, 36, from Orland, who is charged with Class B drug trafficking — a felony crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine — as well as furnishing marijuana, a Class D violation punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.
  2. Berry Young, 46, of Deer Isle, who is charged with Class B drug trafficking.
  3. Nichole Brophy, 29, of Deer Isle, who is charged with Class B drug trafficking.
  4. Jason Hardie, 27, of Sedgwick, who is charged with Class B drug trafficking.
  5. Davis Bradshaw, 20, of Stonington, who is charged with Class B drug trafficking.

Corey Bagley, supervisory special agent the MDEA’s Down East task force, said Saturday that the accused individuals appeared to be selling largely in the Deer Isle-Stonington area.

“We feel we have broken up this group, which was a major supplier to the islands,” Bagley said. He said additional arrests or charges were possible.

A sixth person, 21-year-old Mindy Joyce of Stonington, was charged with Class D drug possession after she was found with cocaine in her possession when police stopped a car to arrest some of the other individuals. Bagley said at this point police do not believe Joyce was selling drugs.

All six were taken to the Hancock County Jail. Their cases are scheduled to be heard in Hancock County Superior Court or Ellsworth District Court in December.

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