BANGOR — Methamphetamine is a powerful, illegal drug that can cause violent tendencies in its users. Use of the stimulant is on the increase in Maine, according to concerned state and federal officials.
A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted five people on various counts of trafficking in methamphetamine, a drug also known as “ice,” “crank” or “speed.”
The cases are being prosecuted with evidence gathered by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
In one case, Maurice Buswell, 32, of East Corinth was indicted on five counts of possessing and/or distributing methamphetamine and two counts of distributing cocaine. Jailed since his arrest in early January, Buswell faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and as much as $4 million in fines if convicted.
In a separate case, the grand jury indicted three people from Aroostook County and one man from California on methamphetamine trafficking counts.
The Aroostook County trio — Randall Hunemuller, 40, Karla N. Davis, 37, and Peter W. Wilson, 32, all of Bridgewater — initially were indicted last fall after their September arrest outside the Mars Hill post office where Wilson reportedly picked up a package of methamphetamine in the mail. They pleaded not guilty to various charges in separate arraignments.
Now the name of Hunemuller’s brother, Richard Hunemuller, 38, of La Mesa, Calif., has been added to the methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, making it prodecurally necessary to discard the initial indictment and name all four co-conspirators in a superseding indictment, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The superseding indictment was handed up Tuesday.
Richard Hunemuller made an initital appearance Jan. 8 in federal court in La Mesa, Calif. Like the others in the group, he is charged with two counts of possessing and distributing methaphetamine. He has been released on bond pending his arraignment in Maine, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Davis also has been released on bond pending her arraignment. Randall Hunemuller and Wilson remain in jail.
The four members of the group each face maximum penalties of life in prison and millions of dollars in fines if convicted.