ELLSWORTH — Four people were arrested in overnight raids in Bangor and Dedham, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) announced Friday.
Seized were heroin, oxycodone and more than $13,000. The drugs originated from New York and were due to be sold in Penobscot and Hancock counties.
MDEA Director Roy McKinney said these arrests highlight the continued disturbing trend of out-of-state drug traffickers who are coming to Maine for the sole purpose of distributing illicit drugs — in this case opiate prescription drugs and heroin.
On Thursday night, MDEA agents, assisted by Bangor Police and Homeland Security investigation agents, searched the apartment of Robert Wood Jr., 46, and Nicole Kelley, 34, on Langley Street in Bangor, after evidence was gathered that showed the pair were trafficking in the prescription painkiller oxycodone.
Agents seized eight oxycodone tablets and $500. Both Wood and Kelley were arrested and transported to the Penobscot County Jail, charged with Class B trafficking in Schedule W drugs (oxycodone) and Class C possession of Schedule W drugs (oxycodone).
As part of the same investigation, drug agents and state police later conducted a search of a lakefront house on Granite Road in Dedham during the early morning hours Friday. Seized from that location were approximately 15 grams of heroin, 144 oxycodone tablets, $13,000 and two handguns. The street value of the oxycodone was $7,200 and the heroin would have sold for $4,000.
Charged as a result of the Dedham search were Jonathan Baez, 29, of Bronx, N.Y., and Jerald Hiland, 34, of Old Town.
Each is charged with aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs (heroin and oxycodone), both Class A felonies. Baez’s charges are elevated due to the guns seized, and Hiland’s charges are elevated as the result of a December 2012 drug conviction of trafficking in Schedule W drugs for which he received a four-year sentence, with all but nine months suspended. Both Baez and Hiland were transported to the Hancock County Jail and both were due in court today.