June 20, 2018
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Case continued for Sullivan woman whose son allegedly brought her pot brownies to school

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The case of a Sullivan woman who is facing charges after her son allegedly brought her marijuana-laced brownies to school and shared them with other students was continued Thursday in Hancock County Superior Court.

Amanda Hiser, 32, was arrested last October on a charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs after her eighth-grade son took the brownies to Mountain View School in Sullivan. Hiser has said that though she is not licensed as a medical marijuana user, she uses the drug to treat her lupus.

Hiser appeared briefly in court Thursday for a status conference on her case. Hancock County District Attorney Carletta “Dee” Bassano and Hiser’s defense attorney, Ferdinand “Andy” Slater, also appeared before Justice Ann Murray to discuss the status of the case.

Bassano told the judge she and Slater had talked about the case and felt that it should be continued until April. She said her office had not yet gotten the results of Maine State Police crime lab tests that investigators have done on the brownies.

Murray agreed to continue the case and scheduled another status conference for 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 18.

According to officials with RSU 24, which operates Mountain View School, several students were suspended after the Oct. 30 incident.

An attempt to contact Hiser for comment after Thursday’s hearing was unsuccessful.

A relative of Hiser’s, who did not want to be identified, said Thursday that Hiser’s son still is in foster care, where he was placed after his mother was arrested on the drug trafficking charge. Hiser’s family has been hoping to get back custody of the boy so he can live with them, the relative said Thursday.

Hiser also is facing a charge of possession of a hypodermic device. Hiser and police have declined to comment about that charge.

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