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Two local homes uncovered as alleged 'trap' houses

Federal court charges three Maine women for their part in drug network
Jun 30, 2020

Three Maine women were charged with being associates, along with eight others, in a New York City street gang called “Bully” that allegedly trafficked drugs throughout Maine and New York and smuggled drug-soaked comic books into the city's Rikers Island Correctional Facility.

According to the complaints, Jessica Pelkey, 26, of Presque Isle; Amanda Walton, 31, of Portland; and Amanda Huard, 38, address unlisted, were charged June 25 with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine. Walton was also charged with money laundering.

The women allegedly trafficked the drugs using vehicles with hidden compartments and used several "trap" houses in four states including two homes in Waldo County.

Court documents list houses in Portland, Levant, Ashland, Detroit, Jay, Swanville and Troy where gang associates stored and sold narcotics. In Waldo County, the affidavit lists one home on Bings Boulevard in Swanville and another on Woodpecker Drive in Troy as being part of the network. Investigators also reviewed Walton's bank records, which allegedly show deposits made at an ATM in Belfast, according to the court documents.

Investigators raided the homes June 25 and found a trove of guns, cash and drugs, including marijuana, crack, heroin and fentanyl.

As charged in a related complaint, Moeleek Harrell, founder of the Bully gang and currently an inmate at Rikers Island, coordinated with associates to smuggle 5-Flouro MDMB-Pica, a Schedule I controlled substance commonly referred to as "K2" into the jail.

Law enforcement officers recovered several pages of court transcripts soaked in the drug and earmarked for delivery to Harrell. A subsequent search of Harrell's cell revealed additional pages from comic books that tested positive for synthetic cannabinoid, fentanyl and heroin.

Other associates of the Bully gang included two New York City Department of Education employees.

Walton was arrested in Maine, Huard is currently at large and Pelkey was already incarcerated, according to a Department of Justice press release.

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