ELLSWORTH, Maine — Five Hancock County residents have been arrested over the past three days in three separate drug busts, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
On Wednesday, two Ellsworth residents were arrested at their home on Shore Road after MDEA agents executed a search warrant there, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall indicated Friday in an email. Llewellyn Dwyer, 29, and Adrienne Carter, 23, each were arrested on a Class A charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs, he said. Carter, who has a prior felony drug conviction, also is facing a charge of failure to pay fines.
During the search, a loaded .38-caliber handgun was found between seat cushions on a couch where a child was playing, according to Crandall. Police also say they found Suboxone strips that were not prescribed to either Dwyer or Carter and marijuana, some of it growing in a small room upstairs and some packaged for retail sale.
Police previously had bought oxycodone pills from Carter, according to Crandall. Carter and Dwyer are likely to face additional charges and are scheduled to appear in Hancock County Superior Court on April 20, 2012.
According to officials at Hancock County Jail on Friday, Dwyer bailed out Thursday on $5,000 cash, but Carter remained behind bars.
On Tuesday, two men were arrested in Ellsworth after they allegedly sold oxycodone to a drug enforcement agent. Darren Smith, 30, of Waltham was arrested on a charge of aggravated trafficking in drugs while Scott Haslam, 25, of Eastbrook was arrested on a charge of unlawful trafficking in drugs. Smith has a prior felony drug conviction, which is why he faces the aggravated charge, Crandall said. The two men are scheduled to appear on the charges in Hancock County Superior Court on Feb. 24, 2012, he said.
According to jail officers, Smith remained behind bars Friday, but Haslam had been released on $700 cash bail.
Also on Tuesday, in Tremont, drug agents arrested resident Cassie Minctons, 21, after she allegedly sold oxycodone to police, according to Crandall. Minctons, who is charged with unlawful trafficking in drugs, is due to appear in Superior Court on the charge on Feb. 24. Information about Minctons’ status at Hancock County Jail was unavailable Friday afternoon.