Cocaine found in Aroostook County drug raid

Posted May 20, 2010, at 4:01 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.

WINTERVILLE — Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers netted cocaine valued at more than $8,000 after a Tuesday evening drug raid in Winterville Plantation.

Winterville is a small Aroostook County town of about 200 people, located just south of Eagle Lake on Route 11.

According to the MDEA, agents and Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department deputies executed a search warrant at the home of Steven Polakowski shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday. Polakowski and family members were home at the time, and offered no resistance, police said.

Agents and deputies seized approximately 83 grams of cocaine, with a retail value of $100 per gram. Several hundred dollars in cash, digital scales, drug ledgers, about a quarter-pound of marijuana and illegal fireworks also were seized.

Polakowski, 23, is charged with felony unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, a Class B offense, and was taken to Aroostook County Jail.

Polakowski has been under investigation by the MDEA since November 2009.

Earlier this week, an unrelated sheriff’s department investigation produced information that led MDEA officers to make a purchase of cocaine from Polakowski at his residence. That was followed by Tuesday’s search warrant.

The investigation established the cocaine came from another New England state, and agents allege Polakowski has been traveling there to get the cocaine.

The maximum penalty for a Class B offense is 10 years in prison and up to $20,000 in fines.

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