14 Jul Bail set for woman accused of providing drug that killed Thomaston man – By Stephen Betts – Rockland – Camden – Knox – Courier-Gazette
By Stephen Betts | Jul 14, 2019
Rockland — A judge set bail at $5,000 — 10 times more than the defense had requested — for a Dexter woman accused of providing the deadly drug fentanyl to a Thomaston man who died from an overdose earlier this year.
Miranda Paige Wotton Thayer, 28, made her initial appearance Friday, July 12 in Knox County court on a charge of aggravated trafficking in fentanyl.
Justice Daniel Billings agreed to the prosecution’s request to set bail at $5,000 for the Dexter woman.
She is the second person charged in connection to the Jan. 6 death of Ryan Gamage.
Joshua R. Nickerson, 39, of Dexter, has also been charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in fentanyl. The offenses are alleged to have occurred Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, and which resulted in the death of Gamage.
Both were indicted July 2 by a Knox County grand jury.
Wotton Thayer was arrested Wednesday evening July 10.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald sought the higher bail, citing the woman’s criminal record and her failure to appear in court for the charge on July 8.
The maximum potential sentence is 30 years with a mandatory minimum of four years for the charge.
Defense attorney the day William Pagnano argued for $500 cash bail, saying that the amount Wotton Thayer could raise. He also pointed out that she had three children, and has been complying with a previous bail order to report to the Dexter Police Department three times a week.
An affidavit filed in Knox County Court by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office details the investigation that led to Nickerson’s arrest and the indictments against the pair.
Investigators checked Gamage’s cellphone and found texts and Facebook messages between Nickerson and Gamage that discussed arranging a drug transaction. Gamage went to a Walmart in Palmyra to pick up the drugs from Nickerson, according to the affidavit.
Surveillance video from the Walmart in that central Maine town showed Nickerson and Wotton Thayer in the store and also showed their vehicle and Gamage’s vehicle in the parking lot. The video coincided with messages about the pending transaction.
The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office determined Gamage’s cause of death as acute intoxication from fentanyl and sertraline. Gamage had a prescription for the sertraline, which is used to treat depression and anxiety.
Gamage died at the residence of Sydni Barham on Mill Street in Rockport, according to the affidavit.
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents and Knox County Detective Donald Murray traveled to Dexter May 8. They interviewed Nickerson, who initially denied selling drugs to Gamage, but said he had sold drugs to other people. He later admitted selling to Gamage, but said it was a small amount, according to the affidavit. He also told investigators that Wotton Thayer may have sold Gamage the drugs, according to the affidavit.