ELLSWORTH — Three people arrested on heroin-related charges in September after Maine Marine Patrol officers stopped their vehicle in Trenton were among the 19 people indicted Dec. 8 by a Hancock County grand jury.
Ronald Golden, 31, of Meriden, Conn., Austin Kleffman, 28, of Trenton and Ajha Stanley, 20, of Tremont were indicted on charges stemming from a Sept. 23 drug bust on Deasy Lane, which is just off the Oak Point Road in Trenton.
Golden, who drug agents allege had been bringing substantial amounts of heroin into the state to be sold in Hancock and Penobscot counties, was indicted on two counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, Class C unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, Class D unlawful possession scheduled drugs, operating without a license and two counts of criminal forfeiture.
Kleffman was indicted on two counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and two counts of Class C unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.
If convicted of the Class A crimes, Golden and Kleffman face a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
Stanley was indicted on single counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and violating the conditions of her release for her arrest in September. She also was indicted on single counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and falsifying physical evidence for an August 2015 violation in Surry.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) reported at the time that Specialist Sean Dow and Officer Richard Derboghosian of the Maine Marine Patrol stopped the vehicle for erratic operation and found Golden’s driver’s license was suspended and that the three passengers, who included Kleffman and Stanley, all had bail conditions. The officers quickly “recognized there was potential drug involvement” and called the MDEA and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office for assistance, according to MDEA Supervisory Agent Corey Bagley.
Golden, Kleffman and Stanley were arrested on drug charges; the other passenger, who was not identified, was released from the scene and not charged.
Agents reportedly seized 200 prepackaged bags of heroin with an estimated street value of $8,000 from Kleffman. About $1,100 cash also was seized.
Drug agents conducted interviews and learned that Golden allegedly had come to Maine with about 750 bags of the drug, most of which already had been distributed.
Also indicted last week were an Ellsworth man and a Southwest Harbor woman accused of separate assaults in Southwest Harbor.
Dylan Joy, 22, of Ellsworth was indicted on single counts of aggravated criminal trespass and assault. The charges follow an investigation by Southwest Harbor police into the report of a fight Aug. 3 at the Seawall Trailer Park.
Lindsey Lewis, 27, of Southwest Harbor was indicted on charges of aggravated assault, two counts of domestic violence assault and assault for a July 16 incident where she allegedly assaulted a family member.
Kyle Killion, 31, of Mount Desert was indicted on single counts of criminal operating while under the influence, violating conditions of release, operating beyond license restrictions and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.