Former EHS Janitor Gets Three Years for Drug Trafficking

ELLSWORTH — A former Ellsworth High School janitor will spend three years in prison after pleading guilty Wednesday in Hancock County Superior Court to a drug trafficking charge.

Frank Trundy, 53, of Ellsworth was sentenced to eight years in prison, with all but three years suspended. Justice Ann Murray also ordered Trundy to serve three years of probation following his release and to pay a $400 fine.

Trundy was arrested Oct. 28 at the high school during a sting operation by agents of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA). He initially was charged with two counts of aggravated drug trafficking, one of which was elevated to a Class A felony because the drug deals took place on school property.

However, in a negotiated plea with prosecutors, Trundy pleaded guilty to an amended charge of trafficking in hydrocodone. In November, Trundy waived his indictment by a grand jury.

When asked by Murray if he understood the implications of his guilty plea, Trundy has a simple response.

“I’m pleading guilty because I am guilty,” he said.

Special prosecutor Patrick Larson told the court that the plea negotiation with Trundy was in “exchange for accepting his responsibility” for the crimes.

“This is a very serious case here,” Larson said, noting that the crimes took place in a school. The only factor that would make the case more serious is if Trundy had been charged with selling drugs to students, he added.


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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander