BANGOR, Maine — Four people allegedly caught divvying up eight pounds of synthetic bath salts at a home in Hermon in mid-January have been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.
Leonard D. Wells Jr., 53, who owns the Hermon home where the state’s largest-ever seizure of bath salts was allegedly made on Jan. 18; his stepson, Stephen Warren, 29, of Corinth; and Houston, Texas residents Elizabeth Fuentes, 31, and Arthur Coy, 49, were indicted Wednesday for aggravated trafficking of synthetic hallucinogens and additional alleged crimes.
All four remain behind bars at Penobscot County Jail for the Class A trafficking crime that carries a penalty of up to 30 years behind bars for those convicted, a jail official said Wednesday afternoon.
Wells, who has been described as a key figure in the sale of bath salts in Maine, also was indicted for unlawful trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs; two counts of unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs; hindering apprehension or prosecution; two counts of violating conditions of release; and criminal forfeiture of U.S. currency.
Warren also was indicted for unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and hindering apprehension or prosecution.
Coy also was indicted for unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and criminal forfeiture of U.S. currency and Fuentes is facing an additional charge of unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs.
Coy’s bail was set at $300,000 in January and reduced to $200,000 in March, Warren’s bail was set at $75,000 and Fuentes’ at $50,000 cash.
Wells originally was released on $50,000 cash bail on Jan. 18, but was arrested three weeks later after he was found hiding out at a house in South Thomaston during a bail search with 20 grams of bath salts in his pockets, police say.
Police said they found Wells, Warren, Coy and Fuentes in the process of packaging up about eight pounds of bath salts on Jan. 18, and have since said they seized 10 pounds mailed to Coy in Texas, and 6.5 pounds mailed to Wells, that was seized at the Hampden U.S. Postal Service sorting center. A total of 24½ pounds, with an estimated street value of $1.7 million, has reportedly been seized. All the bath salts were shipped to Maine from China, law enforcement officials said.
All four have April court dates, a jail official said.