STATEWIDE – Maine drug agents are putting out of state dealers on alert. In the past week and half police say there have been 20 heroin related arrests and nine deadly overdoses.
One of the biggest busts was in Augusta and the arrests follow a familiar pattern.
Police here say they encounter heroin on a daily basis. Earlier this week, they got seven alleged traffickers off of the streets but there’s a demand statewide. And they say that keeps a steady supply coming to Maine.
27.5 grams of heroin was seized late last night in Raymond.
Scott Pelletier with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says two men were arrested after a month-long investigation revealed they were buying the drug out of state and selling it in the greater Naples area.
“Heroin has always come from out of state, the State of Maine is not a source state for any of these drugs.” Scott Pelletier, MDEA Commander
Two overdose deaths over the weekend led to a raid at this Lewiston apartment on Monday, where police found heroin and crack cocaine. They arrested two men for trafficking. One of those individuals would routinely come here from NYC with the heroin and the two would be distributing from there.
The same day, Augusta police closed a months-long investigation. Seizing drugs, 14,000 dollars and two loaded handguns from the Senator Inn and a Gage Street apartment.
“Public alerted us to the situation, we were able to act very quickly and that’s basically our boiler plate moving forward.” Jared Mills, Dep. Chief, Augusta PD
Deputy Chief Jared Mills says seven people were arrested, five of them from New York City. “And what do you hope the message is people take away from this? Biggest message we want to see is out of state drug dealers and drug dealers within state that they know they’re on notice.”
A strategy shared by the MDEA. Our whole goal is to disrupt and dismantle these mid to higher level drug traffickers.
Augusta police tell me they’ve hired two new drug detectives to combat the problem – and are working on starting an ‘angel’ program to assist those struggling with addiction.