April 27, 2018
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Pair charged with selling cocaine, mushrooms

By Staff, Sun Journal

LEWISTON, Maine — A man and a woman were arrested Monday, charged with selling cocaine and psilocybin mushrooms in a Main Street parking lot.

Michael Marcous, 46, of Lewiston was charged with trafficking in mushrooms. The woman he was with, Priscilla Batzell, 51, of Pittston, was charged with trafficking cocaine.

Maine Drug Enforcement agents received information that a vehicle was traveling through Lewiston with a substantial amount of cocaine, according to MDEA Supervisor Matt Cashman.

Agents began watching the area along outer Main Street and on Tuesday, spotted the suspect vehicle pulling into the parking lot near Marden’s.

According to an MDEA press release, agents watched as a second vehicle pulled up to the first and a drug transaction took place.

Police and drug agents searched Marcous’ vehicle and said they found a half-pound of mushrooms packaged for distribution. The street value was estimated at $2,250.

Agents said they also found 88 grams of packaged cocaine, valued at $13,500 in Batzell’s possession. She also had more than $1,000 in cash, according to the press release.

Agents later searched Batzell’s Pittston home and found additional drugs, they said.

The investigation involved the MDEA and officers from Lewiston and Waterville police departments.

Marcous and Batzell have since been released from jail. Each is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 1.

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