SULLIVAN, Maine — Five people were arrested in Hancock County on Wednesday after an investigation into the distribution of the drug Molly in the town of Sullivan, officials said.
Arrested were Ronald Brown, 58; Charles Rayner, 48; Jamie Brown, 34; Edward Muise, 39, and Samantha Polchies, 25, all Sullivan residents, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Commander Peter Arno said.
The investigation was conducted by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, MDEA, Ellsworth police, the U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, U.S. Postal Inspectors and Homeland Security Investigators.
Acting on information obtained earlier in the week, MDEA investigators suspected a synthetic drug known as Methylone, also known as Molly, was being shipped to individuals in Sullivan, according to Arno.
On Wednesday, a search warrant was obtained for Brown’s Ashville Road residence, and agents found three ounces of Molly with a street value of $6,000, Arno said. In addition, several others were occupying the residence and that the drug had been recently shipped was being packaged for resale.
The term “Molly” usually describes MDMA, or ecstasy, but MDEA agents say the “Molly” being sold in Maine is often bath salts being sold under another name.
Ronald and Jamie Brown and Rayner were all charged with unlawful possession of a schedule W drug, while Muise and Polchies are charged with violating conditions of release, Arno said. Brown is also charged with violating conditions of release.
All five were taken to the Hancock County Jail. Bail was set at $1,000 for both Browns and Rayner while Muise and Polchies are being held without bail.
Additional charges against the five are possible and others could be charged as well, Arno said.