Drug charges top indictments



ELLSWORTH — Two Florida residents accused of setting up shop in Ellsworth and selling cocaine were among those indicted last week by a Hancock County grand jury.

Nicholas St. Merite, 52, and Marc Thervil, 44, both of Fort Pierce, Fla., were indicted on counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in drugs, Class B unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and criminal forfeiture.

The pair was arrested Nov. 8 by agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) after they investigated a tip that the men were staying at an Ellsworth hotel and selling cocaine from their van.

Agents then followed the van as the men traveled around Ellsworth and reportedly made an undercover purchase of the drug from the suspects.

Ellsworth police later stopped the van on Route 1A, and St. Merite and Thervil were taken into custody without incident. A search of the van allegedly turned up 1.13 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $51,000.

Three people arrested in August on drug charges also were indicted last week.

Edward Muise, 39, and Samatha Polchies, 26, both of Gouldsboro, were indicted on single counts of Class B unlawful trafficking in drugs, Class C unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, Class D unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and criminal forfeiture. The third person, Gary Reynolds, 56, of Milbridge was indicted on two counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in drugs and single counts of Class C unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and criminal forfeiture.

MDEA agents arrested the trio after conducting a months-long investigation into heroin trafficking in the area. During a search of the home shared by Muise and Polchies, agents seized about 10 grams of heroin and $1,000 cash believed to be the proceeds of drug sales.

In another indictment involving illegal drugs, Sarah Gardner, 36, of Bangor was indicted on single counts of Class B unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful furnishing of a scheduled drug, violating conditions of release, criminal forfeiture and trafficking in prison contraband.

Gardner and Suzanna Gustin, 32, of Veazie were arrested Sept. 16 in Ellsworth and charged with drug trafficking. MDEA agents first believed they allegedly were selling heroin, but a testing laboratory determined the drug was fentanyl mixed with cocaine.

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