Searsport woman gets 2 years for selling oxycodone hidden in stuffed animals

Posted Nov. 28, 2011, at 2:35 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Searsport woman who was part of a scheme to sell oxycodone mailed from Florida and hidden inside stuffed animals was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to two years in prison.

Shannon Clark, 34, also was sentenced to three years of supervised release after she completes her prison term.

Clark pleaded guilty in June to being part of a conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. Co-conspirators Raymond “Andy” Romero, 35, and Vashti Ramcharitar, 31, of West Melbourne, Fla., were sentenced in September to four years and three months each on the same charge.

Ramcharitar is native of Trinidad and is expected to be deported after she is released.

The investigation that led to federal charges being filed last year against the trio began in August 2010 in Waldo County, according to the prosecution’s version of events to which all three defendants pleaded guilty. Local law enforcement officials set up a controlled buy of the prescription painkiller oxycodone from Clark in July.

After being charged in state court with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, Clark and her boyfriend, Marc Reaves, 34, of Searsport, admitted they had been receiving prescription pills from his ex-girlfriend, Ramcharitar, and from Romero. The Florida couple obtained the pills from a doctor’s office in that state that accepted only cash, according to court documents.

Reaves and Clark would receive a package sent priority mail at Clark’s post office box in Searsport every two to three weeks. Each package contained 50-100 tablets of prescription painkillers, including Percocet and oxycodone. Reaves and Clark sold the pills, then deposited half the money into a Bank of America account in Maine in Romero’s name.

Investigators set up a post office box in Belfast and instructed Reaves and Clark to have the next shipment of pills sent there.

The state charges against Reaves and Clark were dropped earlier this year. Reaves has not been charged in federal court.

He told investigators that he entered into the scheme so that Ramcharitar would have money to support their child, who lived with her mother in Florida, and so the mother would agree to allow the girl to come to Maine.

Romero, Ramcharitar and Clark each faced up to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $1 million.

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