Former trustee faces drug charges

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FORT KENT (AP) – A former University of Maine at Fort Kent student who resigned last month from the University of Maine System board of trustees is facing charges of aggravated drug trafficking.

Chad Marquis, who is in his early 30s and lives in Fort Kent, was arrested May 23, according to a bail bond filed in Aroostook County Superior Court in Caribou, the Bangor Daily News reported Wednesday.

Few details were available about the case, and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said only that it had been turned over to federal law enforcement officials. As of Tuesday, no charges were filed against Marquis in U.S. District Court.

The bail bond lists the crime as a Class A felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Marquis is scheduled to appear in the Caribou court Aug. 17.

Gov. John Baldacci appointed Marquis in April 2005 to serve as a voting student member of the UMS board of trustees. He submitted his resignation last month, stating in a letter that he would need to end his term Sept. 15, “due to other obligations that have arisen from my new career in business and other pressing family matters.”

Marquis also noted that he no longer was a university student, which is a requirement to serve on the board.

Student members of the UMS board tend to rotate among the seven campuses, but are formally nominated by an official at the university campus that they attend.

Baldacci spokesman David Farmer said the appointment of a new student member awaits a recommendation to the state’s Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs.

“During his time on the board, Mr. Marquis was a thoughtful and attentive trustee,” Chancellor Richard Pattenaude said in a statement Tuesday. “We were sorry to hear of this news.”

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