WISCASSET—Two men indicted by a Kennebec County grand jury in February are among a group of a half dozen inmates charged with trafficking in illegal contraband at the Two Bridges Regional Jail.

John W. Grotton, 26, of Augusta, was charged May 11 with trafficking in prison contraband, Maj. Ken Mason of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. Grotton also was charged with violating conditions of release.

Jacob D. Russell, 27, of Bass Harbor was charged May 16 with trafficking in prison contraband.
The charges stem from a joint investigation by Det. Sgt. Kenneth Hatch of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Sgt. Robert Banks of the Twin Bridges Regional Jail.

Grotton was indicted in Kennebec County Superior Court on 93 charges, including 40 counts of burglary, 38 counts of theft by unauthorized taking, 13 counts of violation of condition of release and one count each of stealing drugs and attempted burglary. The burglaries occurred last fall across central Maine.

Russell was indicted on charges arson, aggravated criminal mischief, leaving the scene of an accident, four counts each of theft by unauthorized taking and burglary of a motor vehicle and one count each of operating after suspension and driving to endanger, all May 22, 20100 in Augusta, China and Winslow.

Four other men were arrested as a result of the investigation, Mason said. All were charged with trafficking in prison contraband.


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