Grand jury indictments include alleged leader of drug ring



ELLSWORTH — An Orland man characterized by police as a major distributor of illegal prescription drugs and three men accused of the Christmas Eve burglary of a Trenton business were among those indicted April 9 by a Hancock County grand jury.

Michael Clark, 29, of Orland, who police believe was the head of an oxycodone ring in Hancock County, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Clark was one of eight people arrested in December 2013 following what Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson described as a two-year investigation into the illegal sale of the prescription painkiller oxycodone.

Following his arrest, Clark posted $50,000 cash bail. He was indicted in December 2014 on three counts of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs and five counts of criminal forfeiture.

The forfeitures being sought include a $9,000 trained drug-sniffing dog, $35,000 cash, a Hummer, jewelry, a motorcycle, security cameras, an ATV and other items.

Michael Robbins, 23, of Sorrento, Timothy Sukel, 21, of Trenton, and Tyler Murphy, 26, of Bar Harbor were indicted on charges related to Dec. 24 break-ins at a boat transport business in Trenton.

According to District Attorney Matt Foster, the trio entered an office at the business by using a credit card to unlock the door, stole checks and attempted to cash one at Walmart. When that hand-written check was not accepted, they returned to the business, entered again and used a machine to write checks, Foster said.

Two of those checks — one for $3,000 and another for $1,500 — were cashed, Foster said.

Robbins was indicted on single counts of burglary, theft and violating conditions of release for his alleged role in the Trenton incident. Sukel was indicted on two counts of burglary and single counts of forgery and theft. Murphy was indicted on single counts of burglary, forgery and theft.

Robbins also was indicted on theft charges stemming from incidents in early December, where he allegedly stole personal checks from two different victims and cashed them. A grand jury indicted Robbins in December on two counts of robbery and one count of stealing drugs.

Sukel also was indicted last week on a theft count related to incidents in Ellsworth in December. A grand jury in October indicted him on eight counts of burglary and theft for allegedly entering eight homes in Trenton and taking about $8,000 cash, jewelry and other items.

Also among the 18 people indicted last week was a Bar Harbor woman accused of thefts in that town and in Ellsworth.

In separate indictments, Amy Myers, 44, was indicted on four counts of theft for incidents in August and November 2014 in Bar Harbor and in June and November 2014 in Ellsworth.

In Bar Harbor, Myers is accused of entering retail stores and taking cash and credit cards while store clerks were distracted.

Others indicted April 9 were:

  • Cody Austin, 21, Bar Harbor, eluding police, failure to stop for an officer, operating after suspension (OAS), driving to endanger and criminal speed.
  • Russell Crossman, 35, Southwest Harbor, two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, unlawful furnishing of drugs, two counts aggravated assault, assault.
  • Kristian Crowley, 19, Jonesport, eluding police, driving to endanger, criminal speed, OAS, operating beyond license restrictions, violating conditions of release.
  • Billie Cunningham, 43, Trenton, theft.
  • Walter Ely, 53, Franklin, assault.
  • Delwin Faulkingham, 45, operating while under the influence (OUI).
  • Heather Hunter, 40, Ellsworth, theft, theft by deception, forgery.
  • Matthew Joy, 28, Swan’s Island, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking in prison contraband, violating conditions of release.
  • Charles Rayner, 38, Sullivan, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of drugs.
  • Kristen Rogde, 49, Ellsworth, theft, unemployment fraud.
  • Vicki Smith, 42, Bar Harbor, OUI, OAS.
  • David Spofford, 54, Ellsworth, two counts unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.
  • Alan Walsh, 42, Machias, OUI, aggravated habitual offender, eluding police, reckless conduct, driving to endanger, criminal speed, operating without a license and improper license plates.
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