Milford woman gets more than 3 years for Caribou drugstore robbery, drug, gun charges

Amy Geroux
Amy Geroux
Posted Feb. 04, 2013, at 4:03 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 04, 2013, at 7:49 p.m.
Shayne Ellis
Shayne Ellis

BANGOR, Maine — A Milford woman who admitted to helping her boyfriend rob a Caribou drugstore more than 14 months ago was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to three years and three months i n federal prison on drug, gun and robbery charges.

In addition to prison time, U.S. District Judge John Woodcock sentenced Amy Geroux , 25, to three years of supervised release. He also ordered her to pay nearly $3,000 in restitution to an Aroostook County drugstore.

Geroux was arrested Nov. 27, 2011, with Shayne Ellis , 30, of Brewer shortly after he robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy in Caribou of more than $2,000 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 in August.

The drug and gun charges against Geroux stemmed from her Nov. 22, 2011 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.

Geroux pleaded guilty on Aug. 16 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 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.

“I apologize for my actions,” Geroux told Woodcock just before he imposed the sentence. “I don’t want to be on drugs again for the rest of my life. For all the people who have been hurt because of it, I’m ashamed and I’m sorry.”

Woodcock, who was born and raised in Bangor, said prior to imposing the sentence that bath salts and the people who used them were changing the community for the worse.

“Now, thanks to people like you — drug addicts, drug dealers and drug traffickers — good citizens have to worry when they go to the pharmacy, when they go to the emergency room, when they are walking down the street,” he said. “I want to tell you that your sentence has to reflect the changes you’ve caused in the community.”

Last July, 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.

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

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