Bail check leads to arrest of four in Hermon with $1 million in bath salts

Posted Jan. 22, 2013, at 6:56 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 22, 2013, at 8:06 p.m.
Stephen Michael Warren
Penobscot Sheriff's Department
Stephen Michael Warren
Elizabeth Fuentes
Penobscot Sheriff's Department
Elizabeth Fuentes
Arthur Coy
Penobscot Sheriff's Department
Arthur Coy

BANGOR, Maine — A bail check Friday at a Hermon home led to the arrest of four people who allegedly were found divvying up bath salts with an estimated street value of more than $1 million, according to information made public Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Arthur Coy, 49, and Elizabeth Fuentes, 29, both of Houston; Leonard Wells, 53, of Hermon and Greenbush; and Stephen Warren, 29, of Corinth were charged with aggravated trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, a Class A crime.

Coy, Fuentes and Warren made their first appearances Tuesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center. None of them entered pleas.

Wells was released Saturday from the Penobscot County Jail on $50,000 cash bail, Tracy Lacher, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, told Superior Court District Judge William Anderson.

She said that deputies with the Penobscot County sheriff’s office went to a home owned by Wells at 6 New Boston Rd. in Hermon at about 6 p.m. Friday to make sure he was complying with bail conditions.

Wells is scheduled to go on trial next month on one count of Class B burglary and one count of Class C theft in connection with a break-in at a Greenfield home in August, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office. He was free on $3,000 cash bail.

Coy obtained bath salts in China, imported them to the United States and distributed them in Maine through Wells, Lacher said Tuesday.

Anderson set bail for Coy at $300,000 cash.

“The police walked in on a situation where he and other people were dividing up a fairly obscene quantity of drug, the street value of which was estimated at over a million dollars,” Anderson said in setting the high bail.

The judge set bail for Fuentes, described as Coy’s girlfriend by the prosecutor, at $50,000 cash and at $75,000 cash for Warren, who is Wells’ stepson.

More details about the case were not available after Tuesday’s hearing because the affidavit was sealed. Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross declined Tuesday afternoon to comment on the case.

Lacher said that the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has been asked to assist in the investigation after the four were arrested.

Coy, Fuentes and Warren remained Tuesday night at the Penobscot County Jail, unable to make bail.

All four people charged are scheduled to appear in court again on March 7.

If convicted of drug trafficking, they face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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