Former methadone clinic owner loses claim that Thomaston police stole $2,500

Posted Oct. 24, 2012, at 11:39 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A district court judge tossed out Wednesday morning a small claims lawsuit filed by the former owner of a Rockland methadone clinic against the Thomaston Police Department.

Angel Fuller McMahan had filed the claim in Rockland District Court on June 28, claiming that during a traffic stop on Jan. 7, Thomaston police removed an envelope from her purse or motor vehicle that contained $2,500 in cash. Fuller McMahan said she was never given the money back by police.

Fuller McMahan had been stopped and charged for operating under the influence. She later pleaded guilty and was fined $500 and had her driver’s license suspended for 90 days.

The small claims complaint was dismissed Wednesday by Judge Susan Sparaco when Fuller McMahan failed to appear in court for the trial on her case.

Town attorney Paul Gibbons said Wednesday that two officers came to court and were ready to testify that there was no money taken by the department. He said a video of the traffic stop also showed that no envelope or money was taken.

Fuller McMahan was the founder and owner of the Turning Tide methadone clinic that operated in Rockland for several years until state and federal officials closed it in August 2010 after Fuller McMahan and a drug counselor at the clinic were charged with drug violations. In October 2010, Fuller McMahan was sentenced to 364 days in jail with all but 30 days suspended for cocaine possession, and ordered to serve one year probation.

Metro Treatment of Maine, part of Colonial Management LLC, has received approval to open a methadone clinic at the same location but it has yet to start operations. The Rockland City Council has been asked to appoint members to an advisory panel that will work with the clinic. No names have yet to be presented to the council.

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