More arrests expected

Judge sets bail for one coke suspect, second ordered held without bail

By Stephen Betts | Nov 29, 2018

Rockland — Two of three people arrested Monday, Nov. 26, and charged with cocaine trafficking following a traffic stop in Rockland made their initial court appearances Wednesday.

The third suspect had been released on bail after her arrest.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested Ashley Robinson, 32, of Cushing, for Class B trafficking cocaine; and Jennifer Marriner, 39, of Rockland, for two counts of Class B trafficking cocaine and two counts of violating a condition of release. Michael Salmons, 30, of Quincy, Mass. was charged with Class B trafficking and Class C conspiracy to commit drug trafficking.

Robinson was released on bail that day.

At the Wednesday Nov. 28 hearing in Knox County court, Judge Brent Davis ordered Marriner held without bail since she had already been free on bail for an earlier trafficking cocaine charge. The judge set bail for Salmons at $5,000 cash.

The two are scheduled to make their next court appearance on Jan. 17.

The arrests came after MDEA began an investigation on Oct. 22 from information provided by a confidential informant that Marriner and three unidentified men from the Auburn area who were bringing in crack cocaine, heroin and fentanyl and selling it in the Midcoast, according to an affidavit filed in court by the MDEA. The men were staying at a camp on Linda Lane in Warren and had been bringing the drugs to the area for the past three to four months.

Police had a confidential information make two controlled purchases of drugs from Marriner.

Rockland police then stopped a vehicle on Park Street at the request of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency at about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 26. Robinson and Marriner were arrested.

Police seized five rocks of crack cocaine in the car.

Officers then went to Lisle Street and arrested Michael Salmons, 30, of Boston, who was hiding in an apartment, according to the MDEA. Salmons attempted to flee from police by jumping out a second-floor back window but was arrested after a short struggle.

Agents seized $2,900 in cash that is suspected of being drug proceeds, along with crack cocaine.

Salmons had also been sought for theft from Crossroads Market on North Main Street in Rockland. Surveillance video shows him stealing items. He told police he was homeless and addicted to drugs.

More arrests will be forthcoming, according to the MDEA.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Nov 29, 2018 08:58

Thanks to the informant as well. These dopers don't care about anyone else until they get caught. Turning over any information to the police is a good thing. Addiction or not this scourge needs to be stopped.

Posted by: Steven D Bryant | Nov 27, 2018 18:35

Another of Gov LePage "Shifty, Smoothie" characters. Kudos to DEA and Rkd.PD. putting their lives on the line. Great job!!! Hoping Gov Mills keeps the pressure on these people.

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