Two charged in connection with overdose death

Richard Drost

James Grindel

ELLSWORTH — The Maine State Police have charged two men with supplying Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate pain reliever, to a friend who later died of a drug overdose, reported Troop J Commander Rod Charette.

Nina Wallace, 34, of Sullivan died Aug. 26.

Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On Monday, Trooper Dana Austin and Detective Greg Roy arrested Richard Drost, 44, of Sullivan on a warrant charging unlawful drug trafficking.

On Dec. 23, Austin arrested James Grindel, 54, of Waltham on a warrant charging unlawful furnishing of drugs.

Last summer, Austin had responded to a call about a woman in Franklin—Wallace—who wasn’t breathing and later died.

“Over the course of the following months, Austin and Roy learned that two individuals had furnished and sold Fentanyl to Nina, which contributed to her death,” Charette said. “Both suspects were friends with Nina.”

Jennifer Osborn

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