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A drug bust overnight in Trescott led to a standoff with a Maine State Police tactical team that ended Thursday morning with the arrests of three men.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Washington County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at the home of Mark Fields, 31, on County Road (also known as Route 189) as part of a drug investigation, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Police surrounded the home at around 9 p.m. Wednesday and, after making contact with Fields, told everyone inside the home to come out, McCausland said.

“The occupants refused and Fields communicated threats of violence against law enforcement,” he said. “After several more attempts MDEA requested the State Police tactical team to assist with the arrests.”

After spending “several hours” trying to convince them to come out, members of the tactical team forced Fields and two other men to come out, ending the standoff at around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, according to McCausland. He declined to provide details about how state police got the men to leave the house.

Fields was arrested on charges of trafficking in crack cocaine and creating a police standoff. Justin Melendez, 25, of New York, was arrested on a charge of trafficking in crack cocaine.

Darius Hutchison, 25, of New York, was arrested on charges of trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine, creating a police standoff and on a warrant for failure to appear in court that stemmed from a December 2019 drug trafficking arrest in Lubec.

Once the men were taken into custody, MDEA officers searched the home and recovered more than a half ounce of crack cocaine by excavating the septic system, McCausland said. Police also recovered more than $10,000 in cash in alleged proceeds from drug sales.

The ongoing investigation, which has focused on the flow of heroin and crack from New York to Downeast Maine, included purchases of drugs directly from Fields and Hutchison at Fields’ home in Trescott, McCausland said.

The investigation is one of several in the past year that have targeted drug dealers in Maine and New York who have set up shop in multiple locations throughout Washington County. In May of last year, a coordinated FBI sweep through several Down East towns netted more than two dozen arrests of people alleged to have trafficked in drugs or to have allowed their homes to be used for selling drugs.

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