UPDATED: EHS Custodian Arrested On Drug Charge

Frank Trundy

ELLSWORTH — A janitor at Ellsworth High School was arrested Friday for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover drug agent posing as a new employee.

Frank Trundy, 53, of Ellsworth was taken into custody at the high school by agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) and Ellsworth police.

According to MDEA division commander Darrell Crandall, school officials received a tip that Trundy was engaging in criminal activity at the school. On Thursday, Oct. 27, an MDEA agent posed as a newly hired janitor and worked alongside Trundy. During the day, Trundy bought Codeine tablets from a student and sold some of the tablets to the agent, Crandall said in a press release.

Trundy later agreed to sell hydrocodone tablets he had at home to the agent the following day. On Friday morning, Trundy met the agent in the school parking lot, where he allegedly sold ten tablets to the agent. Trundy later was arrested and taken into custody in the maintenance area of the school by MDEA agents and Ellsworth Police Sgts. Shawn Willey and Glenn Moshier.

Trundy was charged two counts of aggravated drug trafficking, one of which is a class A crime, punishable by at least four years in prison. The charge was elevated to a class A felony because the incident occurred on school grounds, Crandall said.

Following his arrest, Trundy was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, where bail was set at $5,000 cash or $25,000 surety. As of Wednesday morning, he had not made bail

Trundy is to make his initial appearance in court on Jan. 20.

Three Ellsworth High School students have been suspended from school for 10 days as a result of the drug bust, according to Suzanne Lukas, superintendent of Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24). The suspensions went into effect on Oct. 28. The RSU 24 Board will decide if the suspensions should be extended or if any of the students should be expelled.

Two of the suspended students are facing drug charges.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander