A search warrant for a Bucksport residence recently turned up approximately 2 pounds of fentanyl and more than $30,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

A search warrant for a camp on Toddy Pond on the Gus Moore Road in Penobscot, a Hancock County town, was executed on the evening of July 13, following a monthslong investigation by the Maine State Police, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bucksport Police Department into the distribution of scheduled drugs throughout Hancock County, according to Shannon Moss, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety. While searching the residence, officers recovered approximately 1.5 pounds of fentanyl and approximately $30,000.

Christopher Warford, 34, and Jamie Ward, 37, both of Bucksport were arrested on July 13 and charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs, according to Moss. Both Warford and Ward were transported to the Hancock County Jail, and both are being held on $50,000 cash bail.

Jessica Adams, 35, of Verona Island was arrested on July 13 on a charge of Class A aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs, but was released from the Hancock County Jail after bail was set and then waived.

On July 15, a vehicle from Massachusetts was stopped on Interstate 95 in Hampden in connection with the drug trafficking investigation, Moss said. After a search warrant was executed, officers recovered an additional half pound of fentanyl, and an investigation determined that the vehicle had been en-route to the Bucksport camp that had been searched earlier in the week.

In total, 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of fentanyl were recovered by investigators.

Braile Hernandez Perez, 25 of Methuen, Massachusetts, and Maykel Antonio Arias Aybar, 28, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, were arrested and charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs. Both Perez and Aybar were transported to the Penobscot County Jail, where they are being held on $50,000 cash bail, according to Moss.

An ongoing investigation has been opened by the Maine DEA, Maine State Police and Bucksport Police Department.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.