June 19, 2018
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Two Florida suspects arrested in Ellsworth during oxycodone sting

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Maine Drug Enforcement agents arrested two Florida residents on charges stemming from a sting that netted more than 300 oxycodone tablets and a stack of cash.

MDEA opened a criminal investigation into John Paul Haddad, 26, and Kelly Berkwitz-Gutierrez, 45, both of Hollywood, Fla., nearly six months ago, according to an MDEA press release.

On Monday, an undercover agent met with Haddad and bought 84 oxycodone tablets for $3,024, according to the release. After the purchase was made, Haddad was arrested by MDEA agents and Ellsworth Police.

Agents, Ellsworth police, state troopers and deputies from the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office then went to the Colonial Motor Inn on Route 3 in Ellsworth, where Haddad and Berkwitz-Guttierez were staying. Agents seized another 248 oxycodone tablets, $1,766 in cash and records of drug transactions, MDEA reported.

The total street value of the seizure was more than $16,000, according to the release.

Both suspects were charged with trafficking in oxycodone. Haddad posted $1,000 cash bail on Tuesday, but Berkwitz-Gutierrez is still being held in Hancock County Jail. The two alleged dealers are scheduled to appear in Hancock County Superior Court on May 23.

They both face Class B trafficking charges, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

If you or someone you know suffers from substance abuse, call the Maine State Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Information and Resource Center at 1-800-499-0027 or 207-287-8900 or visit www.maine.gov/dhhs/samhs/osa/help.

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