William Smeal, left, and Savanna Adams of Hancock. Credit: Hancock County Jail

A man and woman were arrested Wednesday morning in Ellsworth as they were bringing more than 100 grams of heroin into eastern Maine from out of state, according to police.

William Smeal, 32, and Savanna Adams, 21, were riding in a 2005 Mercedes when they were stopped on High Street around 7:30 a.m. by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Ellsworth Police Department, an MDEA official said in a statement.

Officers with MDEA executed a search warrant on the car and found more than 100 grams of heroin packaged in bulk and hidden inside the car, along with $1,200 in cash, MDEA Cmdr. Darrell Crandall said. Smeal and Adams each was arrested on a charge of aggravated trafficking in heroin and taken to Hancock County Jail.

Police impounded the vehicle and then executed a second search warrant at the couple’s home on Deerfield Drive in Hancock. An additional 40 grams of heroin was found at the property, Crandall said. The total street value of the seized drugs is estimated to be worth more than $50,000.

MDEA has been keeping surveillance on the couple after finding out the couple had left Maine to buy a large amount of heroin out of state that they intended to sell in Hancock and Washington counties, according to Crandall.

Maine State Police and the Holden Police Department assisted MDEA in the investigation, he said.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....