ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man will serve six months behind bars for trafficking in oxycodone and for violating bail after testing positive for drugs three times while on bail for the trafficking charge.

Anthony Elkins, 26, of Ellsworth, pleaded guilty on Jan. 8 to trafficking in a scheduled drug, oxycodone, and to two counts of violation of bail. He was sentenced to three years in prison with all but six months suspended and two years of probation. He also was ordered to pay a $400 fine and $80 restitution to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

He originally was arrested Jan. 20 of last year on the drug charge, and was granted bail in March with a condition, among others, that he not use or possess alcohol or drugs. He’s been in jail since Dec. 21, when his bail was revoked after repeatedly failing drug tests.

According to court documents, Elkins was made to take a urine test on June 18, Nov. 3 and Dec. 17. The first time, he tested positive for oxycodone and marijuana, but said he was prescribed Marinol, an anti-nausea drug that caused him to test positive for marijuana. He was charged with violating bail and, in August, pleaded guilty and served 48 hours in jail.

Then in the second test, Elkins tested positive for suboxone and again was charged with violating bail, to which he pleaded not guilty.

In December, Elkins tested positive for oxycodone, heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and marijuana. Elkins again provided a prescription for Marinol, and also Adivan, which he said caused him to test positive for benzodiazepine. He was not charged after the third test, but the state moved to have his bail revoked.

Trafficking is a class B crime, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

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Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and,...