Drug charge reduced for Ellsworth contractor

ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth contractor who last year pleaded no contest to a drug possession charge has completed his one year of court-ordered deferred disposition.

In November 2012, Patrick Jordan, 44, entered the plea after waiving his right to have his case go before a grand jury. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Jordan was sentenced to five days in jail and ordered to serve one year of deferred disposition in addition to paying a $1,000 fine.

During his deferred disposition, Jordan was to not possess or use illegal drugs and submit to random searches and testing for illegal drugs. According to Assistant Attorney General Patrick Larson, Jordan successfully complied with those conditions and, on Thursday, was back in court.

As part of the agreement, the felony level charge was dropped and Jordan entered a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor level drug possession charge, Larson said.

Jordan was arrested in June 2012 after meeting with a woman, Julie Edwards, at a motel parking lot on High Street in Ellsworth. Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Ellsworth police stopped his vehicle shortly after he left the motel and found a bag containing seventy-four 30-milligram oxycodone tablets and another 13 tablets of the drug in another container.

In court last November, Jordan’s attorney, Glen Porter, claimed his client had been set up by Edwards. Jordan, Porter said, entered the no contest plea only because of the distraction and negative effect publicity surrounding the case was having on his business and personal life.

At the time, the plea agreement didn’t sit well with the presiding judge, Justice Ann Murray. After deliberating on the plea agreement, she commented, “I think it’s light, but I’m going to accept it.”

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander