ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two Aroostook County residents accused of manufacturing crystal methamphetamines in the parking lot of a local hotel have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, but a similar charge is still pending against a third defendant in the case.
Ezra Brady, 22, of Bridgewater; Jessica Jones, 29, of Fort Fairfield; and Jesse Sawyer, 32, of Linneus were arrested Oct. 17 after police found drug paraphernalia in a room they were renting at the Hampton Inn on High Street and an active “cook,” or chemical reaction to produce the drug, underway in one of their vehicles outside.
Brady pleaded guilty March 17 in an Ellsworth courtroom to a charge of unlawful trafficking in drugs, about a month after Jones pleaded guilty in Ellsworth to an identical charge. An unlawful trafficking in drugs charge still is pending against Sawyer, who has been in custody at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton since November on an unrelated charges stemming from an alleged burglary spree in Littleton.
If convicted of unlawful trafficking in drugs, which is a Class B felony in Maine, Sawyer could face up to 10 years in prison and a maximum $20,000 fine.
Brady received an overall sentence of four years with all but one year suspended and two years of probation that he must serve when he gets out of prison. He also was ordered to pay a $400 fine and $2,000 in restitution. Brady’s sentence was stayed until 9 a.m. Friday, March 21.
Last month, Jones received an overall sentence of five years in prison with all but two years suspended. She also was ordered to serve two years of probation upon her release and pay a $400 fine and $2,000 in restitution. According to an affidavit filed at the court clerk’s office in Ellsworth, Jones was on probation at the time of her arrest.
Ellsworth police have said they were called to the hotel last October after someone reported that people who were staying at the hotel had been trying to get into parked cars outside. Police went to the room where the alleged people were staying and found Brady, Jones and Sawyer in the room.
Police also found 30 oxycodone pills and $12,455 in cash in Sawyer’s possession in the room, according to the affidavit.
After getting authorization to search Jones’ Buick sedan and Brady’s Chevrolet pickup truck, which were both parked outside, police found several items that often are used to manufacture methamphetamine — including an active “cook” in a clear Dasani water bottle under the passenger-side seat, the affidavit indicates. Other items found by police in the vehicles included Coleman camping fuel, a glass bottle, tubing, muriatic acid, plant food, Drain-O and a twist pipe-cutter, according to the document.
Other documents in the defendants’ court files indicate that, according to hotel officials, the business took a financial hit of nearly $9,500 because of the drug bust. Of that amount, $5,211 was from the expense of cleaning and replacing items in the room that was searched by police, and $4,216 was from lost room revenue caused by hotel guests who found lodging elsewhere.