Fugitives linked to a recent case of unlawful restraint were arrested
Fugitives linked to a recent case of unlawful restraint following a crash in Burke were arrested in a Westmore Airbnb rental by authorities as part of a months-long drug trafficking investigation. Michelle Provencher (also known as Michelle Hall), 24, originally of Irasburg, Nathaniel Jamal Jones (also known as “JJ”), 36, and Jermaine Douchette, Jr. (also known as “Bear”), 42, both previously of Springfield, Mass., were taken into custody after agents executed a search warrant at the rental property. A federal grand jury indicted them on Dec. 22 based on an investigation that authorities say shows them conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl between August and October of 2022. Jones and Douchette face additional counts for specific distributions of controlled substances. All three were arraigned in U.S. District Court. All pleaded not guilty and all have been detained since being arrested. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Lasher asked the court to hold them all in jail pending trial. Judge Kevin Doyle ordered Jones and Douchette to remain in jail while their cases are pending but scheduled a hearing on the detention request for Provencher, today.