ELLSWORTH, Maine — An Otis woman on Monday began serving a 60-day jail sentence after having been convicted of theft and drug charges.

Azure Averill, 30, recently pleaded guilty to stealing money that police were using as part of a drug sting and to a separate charge of trafficking in prescription drugs, according to documents filed at the Hancock County Courthouse.

Averill was targeted by a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency drug operation in the summer of 2010, according to an affidavit filed in Hancock County Superior Court by an MDEA agent. In an attempted drug transaction in Ellsworth on June 18 of that year, Averill was given $60 with the understanding that in return she would give the supposed buyer one 80-milligram OxyContin pill later in the day, police wrote in the document. The money belonged to MDEA and was being used by MDEA as part of an attempted drug sting.

After taking the money, Averill allegedly never showed up at the arranged meeting point, according to the affidavit. Averill, who had a prior theft conviction in September 2007 in Hancock County Superior Court, subsequently was charged with theft by deception.

A month after the attempted drug transaction, Averill was charged with trafficking in the prescription drug promethazine HCL in Bar Harbor, according to separate Ellsworth District Court documents. Further details about the incident that led to that charge were unavailable Thursday afternoon.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....