Connecticut women plead not guilty to being part of oxycodone ring

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 04, 2012, at 6:24 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two Connecticut women pleaded not guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to drug charges.

Eva Elliott, 59, and Susan Tomczyk, 56, both of Stamford, Conn., were indicted in November by a federal grand jury along with Kenneth McKenney, 23, of China, Ricky Sirois, 46, of Randolph and Peter Poland, 39, of Whitefield.

The indictment was sealed until mid-December after all five had been arrested.

Elliott and Tomczyk pleaded not guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone. Tomczyk, who also was indicted for possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, pleaded not guilty to that charge as well.

Both women were arrested last month in Connecticut. They were released on $100,000 unsecured bond after making their initial appearances in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn.

On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk continued bail for Elliott but ordered that Tomczyk be held without bail pending a hearing next week on a motion to revoke her bail. Tomczyk allegedly failed two drug tests in late December and was charged with domestic violence assault involving her sister at the home the women shared with their elderly father, Kravchuk said Wednesday.

The judge set a hearing on the motion for Wednesday, Jan. 11. Kravchuk could order Tomczyk held without bail pending the outcome of her case or revise her bail conditions.

The other Maine defendants pleaded not guilty to charges last month. McKenney was released on $5,000 unsecured bail and Poland was released on personal recognizance bail. Sirois agreed to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case.

The indictment charged all five with conspiring to possess and distribute oxycodone in Maine between April and August 2011. In addition to the drug conspiracy charge, McKenney and Sirois were indicted on charges of using telephones to facilitate the drug conspiracy. McKenney also was indicted on a money laundering charge.

Details about how the conspiracy began, was carried out or how the defendants in Connecticut and Maine know each other were not outlined in the indictment.

A trial date for all defendants has been set tentatively for April 3.

If convicted, the defendants face up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million on the drug conspiracy charge. The drug possession charge Tomczyk is facing carries the same penalty and fine.

Sirois and McKenney face up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on the illegal use of a telephone charge. McKenney faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 on the money laundering charge.

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