Leon Jacobs and Jesse Couto PHOTO COURTESY OF HANCOCK COUNTY JAIL

Drug trafficking suspects indicted



ELLSWORTH — Two men arrested in January on heroin trafficking charges after police stopped their vehicle in Southwest Harbor are among those indicted last week by a Hancock County grand jury.

Leon Jacobs, 43, of Southwest Harbor and Jesse Couto, 29, of Trenton were indicted March 9 on charges of Class B unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and Class B illegal importation of scheduled drugs. Couto also was indicted on a count of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, a Class C crime.

Jacobs and Couto allegedly purchased heroin out-of-state and were planning to sell the drug locally when police stopped their vehicle early Jan. 21 on Main Street in Southwest Harbor. Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) seized 40 grams of heroin during the stop.

At the time, MDEA Commander Peter Arno said the arrests were the result of a recent investigation into the sale of heroin in Southwest Harbor. The 40 grams seized represents approximately 400 individual doses or “bags” of the drug, he said.

Following their arrests, Jacobs and Couto were taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth. Couto later was released after posting $500 cash bail. Jacobs remains in custody. His bail is set at $25,000 cash.

Class B crimes are felony level crimes punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Also among the 18 people indicted March 9 was a South Portland man charged with driving while intoxicated in Bar Harbor.

Michael Butler, 42, was indicted on single counts of operating while under the influence (OUI) and operating after license revocation.

Bar Harbor police arrested Butler Sept. 12 on charges of OUI and operating a motor vehicle after habitual offender revocation as the result of a traffic stop. Butler allegedly was driving while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and a central nervous system depressant for which he had a prescription, according to police.

The grand jury was to convene in early February, but a snowstorm forced the postponement.

Mark Good

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