A drug bust in Bucksport resulted in the arrests of three people from Maine and two from Massachusetts, as well as a considerable seizure of fentanyl.

How Did The Investigation Start?

Bucksport and Maine State Police have been working together on an investigation into a fentanyl trafficking operation allegedly distributing the deadly drug throughout Hancock County. A group of individuals has been the focus of that investigation, which resulted in police obtaining a search warrant for a camp located on Toddy Pond, along Gus Moore Road in the town of Penobscot.

What Was Seized?

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says early Wednesday evening, July 13, police executed that search warrant and seized approximately 1.5 pounds of fentanyl and more than $30,000 in suspected drug proceeds, along with evidence of drug trafficking. Three people from Bucksport were arrested.

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On Friday, July 15, a vehicle with Massachusetts license plates was stopped on I-95 in Hampden, and agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant. Seized in that search was 1 kilogram of fentanyl. Police say the combined value of the seized drugs is over $100,000.

Who Was Arrested?

As a result of this investigation, the following people were arrested and charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Fentanyl:

  • Christopher Warford, 34, of Bucksport. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.
  • Jamie Ward, 37, of Bucksport. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.
  • Jessica Adams, 35, of Verona Island. Released on Personal Recognizance bail.
  • Braile Hernandez Perez, 25, of Methuen, Massachusetts. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.
  • Maykel Antonio Aria Aybar, 28, of Dorchester, Massachusetts. Bail was set at $50,000 cash.

Warford and Ward were taken to the Hancock County Jail while Perez and Aybar were transported to the Penobscot County Jail.

Officials say this investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely.

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