WATERVILLE, Maine — A lengthy investigation led to a major drug bust on Friday afternoon that Waterville police described as “absolute chaos.”
Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said police had been investigating suspected drug activity at a School Street apartment for about eight weeks, and four people were arrested Friday.
The first suspect, Havier Olmo, 29, of Brooklyn, N.Y., had been staying at the apartment for quite some time, Rumsey said, and as police prepared to execute a search warrant, Olmo walked out of the building.
Olmo also had an outstanding warrant out of Biddeford District Court for failing to appear on a refusing to submit to arrest charge out of Old Orchard Beach, Rumsey said. When he was placed under arrest on that warrant, he allegedly ran off while handcuffed, earning him a charge of escaping from police.
In the wake of the search warrant at the School Street apartment, Olmo is also facing charges of possession of bath salts and three counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, as he had sold Oxycodone pills on three occasions in a safe zone, according to Rumsey.
At the time of his arrest, Olmo was in possession of 94½ 30mg Oxycodone pills, 2½ 8mg Suboxone pills, half a gram of bath salts and a small amount of cash, Rumsey said. The deputy chief said the drugs had a street value of $3,000.
Shortly after Olmo was taken into custody, a man and woman, Taylor Poulin, 24, the renter of the apartment, and Ryan Schall, 20, of Winslow left the building and walked toward Elm Street, where they split up, and Schall entered a vehicle at the Big Apple convenience store driven by Jill Longstaff, 36, of Waterville.
Police suspected Longstaff and Schall were in the process of a drug deal and quickly stopped the vehicle, Rumsey said. When Schall was searched, he was found to be in possession of a gram of crack cocaine and two 8mg Suboxone pills, resulting in a felony charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs for the crack and a misdemeanor count of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs for the Suboxone pills.
Longstaff, meanwhile, had a baggie containing 87 Oxycodone pills that she had been trying to conceal in her bra, Rumsey said. In addition, 47 Alprazolam pills, 12 Xanax pills, 43 Carisoprodol pills and nine methadone pills were found in her vehicle, he said.
After police arrested Longstaff, she suffered a seizure and was treated at the scene and brought to the station for processing. However, she suffered another seizure and had to be taken to Thayer Hospital for treatment. She was released from police custody but charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs for the oxycodone, and three counts of possession of scheduled drugs for the other pills, Rumsey said.
In all, five firearms — all discovered in a bedroom that Olmo had been staying in — were found in the apartment when police were finally able to search it, Rumsey said.
“We were able to determine those five firearms were stolen in a residential burglary in Winslow that had been reported to Winslow police in mid-September,” Rumsey said.
That resulted in Olmo also receiving a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon and theft by receiving stolen property, both felonies, according to Rumsey.
While police were executing the warrant, a fourth suspect, Nicole Gormley, 20, of Waterville arrived at the apartment, allegedly to visit Olmo, Longstaff, Schall and Poulin, Rumsey said.
Gormley, who was out on bail on prior drug charges, was arrested when she tested positive for cocaine, according to Rumsey.
Gormley, Olmo and Schall all remain at Kennebec County Jail, where Poulin could be facing charges as well.
“It was absolute chaos,” Rumsey said of the case, in which Oakland and Winslow police and Maine Drug Enforcement agents provided assistance.