Four charged with trafficking heroin

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reports four people have been charged with selling heroin in Washington County.

The following were arrested on a charge of unlawful trafficking in heroin:

  • Ashley Doten, 32, of Indian Township.
  • Ralph Francis, 27, of Indian Township.
  • Marcus Horry, 35, of Logan, W.Va.
  • Raymond Neptune, 29, of Indian Township.

Bail was set at $25,000 each for Doten, Francis and Neptune. Horry’s bail was set at $50,000.

For the past six months, MDEA Downeast District Task Force agents have been investigating an organized group distributing heroin throughout Washington County, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

“During the investigation, agents were able to conduct a number of undercover purchases of heroin from several residences in the county and Indian Township,” McCausland said.

Tuesday afternoon, drug agents searched a home at 6 Alder Lane in Indian Township. Doten, Francis and Horry were at the residence and arrested without incident. Agents searched the residence and seized approximately 7 grams of heroin, $8,000 in suspected drug proceeds and other evidence of drug trafficking, according to police.

Neptune was found at another location in Indian Township and was arrested without incident. All four were transported to the Washington County Jail.

Assisting drug agents were Indian Township Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Border Patrol. The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected, McCausland said.

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