JAY — Two Livermore Falls residents were arrested Tuesday on charges of possessing crack cocaine and heroin following a search of their truck on Church Street, Police Chief Richard Caton IV said Wednesday.

Melissa J. Couture, 34, and Ricky M. Fetterhoff, 53, were each charged with two felony counts of unlawful possession of heroin and cocaine base, also known as crack cocaine, and two misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, Caton said. They were booked at the Franklin County Detention Center in Farmington.

Officer Dylan Rider stopped the truck to do a bail check on Couture, the passenger, who was out on bail after a Franklin County grand jury indictment in April on 10 charges, including assault on an officer and unlawful possession of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Conditions of her release included no possession or use of illegal drugs and submitting to search and testing for them, according to officials.

Couture was charged Tuesday with violating condition of release.

Police found what they suspected was crack cocaine and heroin, along with oxycodone and suboxone, syringes and a crack pipe in the truck, Caton said. Neither Couture nor Fetterhoff had a prescription for the medications, according to Rider’s document.

Both denied owning the items.

At the jail, Couture tested positive for drugs, including cocaine, opiates and suboxone, according to Rider’s document.

Fetterhoff was being held Wednesday afternoon on $1,000 cash bail, or $500 cash bail and a supervised pretrial agreement.

Couture’s bail was set at $2,500 cash for the April charges and $2,500 cash for Tuesday’s charges.

A hearing on a motion to revoke her bail is set for June 18.

A conviction on the heroin and crack cocaine charges carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. A conviction for unlawful possession of a scheduled drug is punishable by up to 364 days in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.

A conviction for violating bail conditions is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

A Maine Drug Enforcement agent assisted Rider at the scene. 

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Melissa Couture and Ricky Fetterhoff (Franklin County Detention Center)


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