June 19, 2018
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Four arrested in case of Brewer hoax police report

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — A false report at a Brewer motel last week turned out to be a drug deal that went awry, and four people were arrested as a result, police said Friday.

Sarah Nichols, 26, of Hampden, Brandon Helms, 22, of Hampden, Trinity Merritt, 22, of Bangor and Dakota Curtis, 20, of Sangerville are all facing charges in connection with the case, according to Brewer police Lt. Chris Martin.

Police had responded to the Brewer Motor Inn on Jan. 22 when it was reported two people were being held against their will, and that report turned out to be false.

That report sent Brewer police and Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies to the motel.

Upon investigating the matter further, police determined that Nichols and Helms came to Brewer that evening with the intent of selling Merritt and Curtis prescription pills, according to Martin.

“The drugs were provided with a promise that monetary payment for the drugs would take place within a short period of time,” Martin said.

Police were dispatched to the scene after Merritt and Curtis sent Nichols and Helms a text message indicating the two men were being held against their will at gunpoint, and would not be able to pay for the drugs, Martin said.

Nichols was the one who called authorities, the lieutenant said.

It turns out Merritt and Curtis were never held at gunpoint, and their report turned out to be phony, Martin said.

As a result, Nichols and Helms were both charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs while Merritt and Curtis are accused of filing a false report, Martin said.

Numerous rooms at the motel were evacuated the evening of the incident.

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