Two people from Warren were arrested Monday, Dec. 6 by Rockland police on drug charges related to the July 2021 death of a Rockland woman.

Denise J. Richards, 60, and Mark A. Post, 51, both of Warren, were arrested. Richards was charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in methamphetamine and Class C aggravated trafficking in gabapentin — a pain medication. Post was charged with two counts of Class C conspiracy to traffic in those drugs.

Rockland Police Detective Anne Griffith obtained arrest warrants from the Knox County court on Friday, Dec. 3 following an investigation. Bail was set at $1,000 cash for Richards who posted the money and was released from jail Monday night. Post was still being held at the Knox County Jail Tuesday morning, Dec. 7 in lieu of $500 cash bail.

The investigation began following the July 29, 2021, death of 41-year-old Amy Rackliff of Rockland.  Her obituary noted she was a talented artist and enjoyed sharing her works with family and friends. She then followed in her father’s footsteps and became a gifted carpenter.

The Office of the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office concluded Rackliff’s death was due to an accidental overdose of a variety of drugs including methamphetamine and gabapentin.

The investigation showed Facebook messages and cell phone calls between Richards and Rackiliff, according to the affidavit filed by Rockland police with the court in order to obtain the arrest warrants. The affidavit stated Richards appeared to regularly make drug deals via Facebook messenger.

Richards admitted to Detective Griffith and Maine Drug Enforcement Special Agent Max King she sold drugs to Rackliff, including the day she died, according to the affidavit.