ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Bar Harbor woman has been sentenced to serve a year behind bars for stealing medications from a man paralyzed from the neck down then reselling them.
Tina Lord, 28, had worked as a home health aide for the Bar Harbor man for only a few weeks when she stole methadone and valium from him last winter, according to court documents.
Lord originally was charged with stealing drugs and on multiple counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs for selling stolen methadone pills within 1,000 feet of the Village Green in downtown Bar Harbor, which is a designated drug-free zone.
On Jan. 4, she was sentenced after pleading guilty in Hancock County Superior Court to one count of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, a felony Class B crime. Class B crimes in Maine are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000.
Justice Kevin Cuddy gave Lord credit for time served but gave her an overall sentence of four years with all but one year suspended. The judge stayed Lord’s sentence until Feb. 12 at which time she will have to begin serving her jail time. Upon her release, she will be on probation for two more years.
Lord also was ordered to pay $505 in fines, surcharges and assessments and an additional $125 in restitution to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, which investigated the case.
According to a police affidavit filed in Superior Court, MDEA agents set up a controlled buy from Lord last winter after receiving information that she was illegally selling drugs. On Feb. 2, 2009, MDEA agents monitored and documented a transaction during which Lord sold several stolen methadone pills to a man in a car out-side the YWCA on Mount Desert Street.
Immediately following the drug deal, Lord was arrested.
In court documents, police indicated that Lord was stealing the drugs from her employer, a man who has been quadriplegic since a 2001 car crash. Lord was suspected of stealing 42 methadone pills and 33 valium pills from him over a span of a few weeks. The man also told police he thought Lord might have stolen some liquid medication he was taking that he thought had been watered down, the documents indicated.