ALFRED, Maine — A four-month investigation into firearm violations and burglaries has led to the indictments of eight people, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland announced Wednesday.
Indicted by a York County Grand Jury this week were the following: Dale Pinkham Sr., 54, of Buxton; Louise Cook, 50, of Buxton; David Rush, 43, of Limington; Raymond Pinkham, 21, of Buxton; Robert Pinkham, 19, of Buxton; Christopher Michaud, 23, of Limerick; Cole Meserve, 21, of Limerick and Amber Meserve, 22, of Limerick, according to McCausland.
All eight suspects are facing multiple charges stemming from receiving stolen firearms, burglary and drug possession, according to McCausland.
The investigation was coordinated between state police, the York County Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and Buxton police assisting, McCausland said.
Approximately 20 firearms were recovered, but other guns were believed to have been transported to Massachusetts to be sold for drugs, McCausland said.
The investigation started in November when Michaud and Cole and Amber Meserve were arrested for their alleged involvement in burglaries in York, Cumberland and Oxford counties, McCausland said. Numerous stolen items, including the 20 firearms, were recovered in the subsequent searches.
“Investigators believe the stolen guns were brought to individuals at a home in Buxton where the guns were then sold for money and drugs to include heroin,” McCausland said.
Following the arrests of the Meserves and Michaud, the guns were transported from Buxton to a Limington residence for the purpose of hiding them from police, McCausland said.
“It is believed that some of the guns were transported to Massachusetts to be sold for heroin,” he said.
Michaud, the Meserves and Pinkham are all being held at the York County Jail, while Dale Pinkham Sr. is currently serving a prison sentence on an unrelated case.
Robert Pinkham, Rush and Cook will be arraigned at a later date, McCausland said.