Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized 20 grams of heroin, 25 grams of crack cocaine and $3,150 in cash during a search of two residences in Southwest Harbor early Friday morning MDEA PHOTO

Six arrested in Southwest Harbor drug bust



ELLSWORTH — Authorities were literally digging for drugs during a heroin and crack bust Friday at two Marshall Brook Road residences in Southwest Harbor, according to court records.

Ultimately, agents arrested six people and seized 20 grams of heroin and 25 grams of crack cocaine after executing search warrants, according to agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Torrie McIntosh-Figueroa

“MDEA was able to have the ground dug above a septic tank to inspect the tank” because one suspect advised that drugs were flushed when police arrived, according to an arrest warrant affidavit for a New York suspect, Torrie McIntosh-Figueroa, 25. “On top of the water were numerous clear plastic baggies full with a white powdery substance inside,” the warrant stated.

Police also seized $3,150 in cash, the suspected proceeds from the sale of the illegal drugs, MDEA Commander Peter Arno said. The cash was found in the pocket and a shoe worn by McIntosh-Figueroa.

Agents arrested McIntosh-Figueroa on charges of aggravated drug trafficking in heroin and crack. The New Yorker’s bail has been set at $20,000 cash. He was still incarcerated as of Tuesday.

Police also charged the following:

  • Alyssa Penney, 20, of South Portland: Aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs – heroin and crack.
  • Shannon Wass, 42, of Southwest Harbor: aggravated trafficking – heroin and crack.
  • Scott Cote, 30, of Southwest Harbor: aggravated drug trafficking (heroin and crack cocaine) and one count unlawful drug trafficking (heroin).
  • Paul Cote, 32, Charleston: unlawful drug trafficking (heroin).
  • Zachary Elkins, 25, of Bass Harbor: unlawful drug possession (crack cocaine).

Penney and Elkins are free on bail.

Wass, Scott Cote and Paul Cote were still incarcerated Tuesday afternoon.

Also, as part of the investigation, the Maine State Police charged Jordan Anderson, 26, of Bangor with eluding a police officer and driving to endanger.

Anderson allegedly fled from a residence on the Marshall Brook Road and refused to stop for troopers at the time the search warrants were being executed.

The MDEA was assisted during this investigation by the Southwest Harbor Police Department, Bar Harbor Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Maine State Police.

The arrests followed a month-long investigation into the illegal importation and distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in the area. The group arrested is thought to be responsible for the import and sale of heroin throughout coastal Hancock County, Arno said.

Citizens with information concerning drug trafficking in their communities are urged to contact their local law enforcement agency or the closest MDEA task force office.

Citizens may also call MDEA and leave a message on the agency’s tip-line at (800) 452-6457.