WILTON, Maine — Three Farmington residents are facing charges of importing and possessing heroin after police stopped their vehicle Friday night and found 45 bags of the drug inside.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency supervisor Gerry Baril identified the driver as Chelsea Daggett, 18, and her passengers as Scott Baldwin, 44, and Gregory Schiche, 30. The three were arrested on felony charges of importation and possession of heroin.

An investigation over the last few weeks gave police reason to believe the vehicle was returning from Connecticut, Baril said. In anticipation, officers obtained a search warrant and state police and deputies from Franklin County Sheriff’s Department stopped the three as they turned off Route 4 onto Main Street in East Wilton just before 11 p.m. Friday, Baril said.

Inside the car, police discovered 45 unopened bags of heroin and five empty ones, he said.

Each bag had one-tenth of a gram of heroin, Baril said. He placed the value of each at between $10 and $15, based on Maine prices. In southern New England, a tenth of a gram goes for between $6 and $10 per bag, he said.

Schiche was released Saturday from Franklin County Detention Center on $5,000 unsecured bail and has a court appearance scheduled for June 24.

Daggett was also released Saturday on $3,000 unsecured bail with a court appearance scheduled for June 28.

The case is still under investigation, Baril said.

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