New arrests in Houlton drug probe

Elna Seabrooks , Special to The County
14 years ago

    HOULTON, Maine — Two more suspects are incarcerated in the Aroostook County Jail as a result of the  Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s (MDEA) investigation into the manufacture of methamphetamine (meth) in Houlton according to Division Commander Darrell Crandall.
MDEA agents arrested 31-year-old Nancy Hardy-Boles Monday afternoon, charging her with Class A aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine. She is charged for her involvement with the meth labs raided in Houlton on Nov. 15.
    Hardy-Boles’ Foxcroft Rd. property was one of the locations MDEA’s lab team investigated while armed with a search warrant that night. Agents also investigated a residence on First St. and a wooded location at the end of First St. “Based on the evidence found in the garage at the Hardy-Boles property, we are confident that methamphetamine was made at that location on more than one occasion,” stated Crandall.
According to MDEA, Hardy-Boles faces the most serious charge because of her criminal history. She was convicted of a Class B drug trafficking offense in 2004 and a Class B trafficking offense in 2008. The 2008 offense was reduced from a Class A aggravated offense through a plea-bargaining deal. She has been in custody on a probation violation since Nov. 15 based on MDEA charges of possession of hydrocodone and suboxone and other related violations.
MDEA agents and Bangor police arrested Kenneth Moore, 33, also a suspect linked to the Houlton meth operation late last Wednesday afternoon and charged him with trafficking in the drug. Moore reportedly had been staying at the home on First St. that was raided by the MDEA lab team on Nov. 15. He is accused of making methamphetamine at that location as well as at another location on Foxcroft Rd. Moore was taken into custody without incident and MDEA agents transported him to the Aroostook County Jail.
These two recent arrests follow those of Melissa Tidd, 28, of Houlton and Kenneth Williams, 41, of Lakeland, Fla. Both were arrested in connection with the case and also are charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Agents said “it is probable” that additional suspects will be charged before they complete their investigation.
In Maine, a Class A offense is punishable by no less than four years in prison and not more than 30 years.
Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant drug with a high potential for abuse with limited medical uses. It is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol and is taken orally, by snorting the powder, by needle injection or by smoking.
It is classified as a Schedule II drug and prescriptions cannot be refilled according to the National Institute On Drug Abuse.