MDI woman jailed for third drug arrest in 15 months

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, at 4:57 p.m.
Melissa Beth Gott of Tremont
Hancock County Jail
Melissa Beth Gott of Tremont
Jason W. Simmons of Tremont
Hancock County Jail
Jason W. Simmons of Tremont

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Mount Desert Island woman is back behind bars after being arrested on drug charges for the third time in the past 16 months.

Melissa Beth Gott, 31, of Tremont was arrested Wednesday in Ellsworth after police stopped a car she was riding in with a man and her 6-year-old daughter. She was charged with violating conditions of release and two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, one for heroin and one for the prescription drug Subutex.

Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said Friday that Gott had approximately one gram of heroin with her when she was arrested.

The man in the car, Jason W. Simmons, 37, of Tremont, was arrested on a charge of violating conditions of release after he tested positive for drug use, according to Ellsworth police.

Both Simmons and Gott were arrested last November in Ellsworth after police stopped a car they were riding in. Police said at the time that the two were on their way back to Tremont from Massachusetts.

In that incident, Simmons allegedly had about 15 grams of cocaine with him in the car and was charged with unlawful trafficking of cocaine and illegal importation of a drug. Gott was arrested for unlawful possession of the drug Suboxone.

After their latest arrests on Wednesday, Gott and Simmons both appeared Friday afternoon before Judge Bruce Mallonnee in Ellsworth District Court. Simmons pleaded guilty to violating the conditions of a prior arrest and was sentenced to five days in jail.

Assistant Hancock County District Attorney William Entwisle argued for setting Gott’s bail at $1,500, saying bail had been set at $1,000 for one of her earlier arrests. Defense Attorney Jeffrey Toothaker countered that it should be $500.

Toothaker told Mallonnee that Gott’s problem with drugs is one of personal consumption, not drug dealing. He said she has strong ties to the area and has never missed a court appointment.

“There’s a long history of substance abuse here,” Toothaker told the judge.

Mallonnee set Gott’s bail at $500 cash. As part of her bail conditions, Gott is subject to random search and testing for drug use and has to observe a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning except on Wednesday nights, when she works late. On Wednesdays, her curfew will start at 11 p.m. and go to 6 a.m.

Gott also was arrested in November 2012 after she allegedly sold an unspecified “retail quantity” of oxycodone in Ellsworth to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers working undercover, an MDEA official has said.

 

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