Woman admits to helping rob Caribou pharmacy, having gun, bath salts

Amy Geroux
Amy Geroux
Posted Aug. 16, 2012, at 5:01 p.m.
Shayne Ellis
Shayne Ellis

BANGOR, Maine — A Brewer woman waived indictment and pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District court to drug and gun charges and to helping her boyfriend rob a Caribou drugstore last year.

Amy Geroux , 24, was arrested Nov. 27with Shayne Ellis, 30, of Brewer shortly after he robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy in Caribou of $2,500 worth of prescription painkillers and another $1,000 in merchandise including jewelry and high-end liquor. Geroux was driving the getaway car that day, according to the prosecution version of events to which she pleaded guilty.

Last month, Ellis became the first person in the state to be sentenced for federal drug crimes relating to bath salts. U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced him to 5½ years in prison for the pharmacy robbery, for distributing bath salts and illegally possessing a gun.

The drug and gun charges against Geroux stemmed from her Nov. 22 arrest along with Ellis in a Brewer motel room with a large amount of bath salts, $3,469 in cash and a .38-caliber revolver, according to the prosecution version of events. She was released on bail and five days later was rearrested with Ellis after the Caribou robbery.

On Thursday, Geroux pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and being an accessory after the fact to robbery of controlled substances from a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration registered pharmacy.

By pleading guilty to the drug charge, Geroux admitted that she was part of a drug conspiracy between Jan. 1 and Nov. 27, 2011, that distributed methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV, a component used to produce bath salts. She also admitted to conspiring to distribute oxycodone and hydrocodone, both powerful painkillers, and suboxone, a drug used to treat people addicted to painkillers, according to the prosecution version of events.

Woodcock ordered Thursday that Geroux be held without bail pending sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.

She faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million on the drug charge. On the two other charges, Geroux faces up to 10 years in prison and fines of up to $250,000.

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