Individuals from Plainville, Newington, Terryville set to face judge in connection with Portland drug investigation

Published on Tuesday, 5 July 2022 15:05


Individuals from Terryville, Plainville and Newington are set to face a judge on Wednesday in connection with a drug bust in Portland that netted 25 arrests.

The arrests came after a search of the “Ruthless 4 Life Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Clubhouse” turned up about $50,000 of illegal proceeds, 118 pounds of marijuana, 8.5 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, several thousand grams of THC-based products, several thousand hallucinogenic based products and two illegally possessed firearms, according to state police.

Police said the investigation was initiated after several complaints were fielded alleging large gatherings with open drug and alcohol use at the clubhouse – located at 115 Airline Avenue in Portland – that resulted in “quality of life issues” for the public. In particular, state police noted, multiple little league games or practices were canceled because the field was adjoining the area where the illicit activity was reported.

State police said their investigation found that Ruthless 4 Life was using its Portland clubhouse to “facilitate the sale of controlled substances.” 

“It was determined that numerous dealers, some traveling in from out of state, would rent space in the clubhouse to sell large quantities of controlled substances,” state police continued.   

On June 15, state police investigators searched the Portland clubhouse and detained 90 people who were there. In total, 25 individuals were charged.

Those who were arrested included Tessie Deschaine, 42, of Terryville, Erica Kruieger, 47, of Plainville, Abigail Trifono, 30, of Plainville, and Kevin O’Malley, 50, of Newington. 

State police said Deschaine has been charged with one count of possession with intent to sell cannabis/cannabis products; Kruieger was charged with conspiracy to commit possession with intent to sell; Trifono was charged with illegal sale of a controlled substance and illegal sale of a hallucinogenic; and O’Malley was charged with illegal sale of cannabis and two counts of illegal sale of a controlled substance.

Deschaine, Kruieger, Trifono and Deschaine are all free from custody and are expected to face a judge in Middletown Superior Court on Wednesday. Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or   

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville, Terryville on Tuesday, 5 July 2022 15:05. Updated: Tuesday, 5 July 2022 15:07.