FARMINGTON, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency reported the arrest of six people in connection with an Ecstasy bust, the same day five people were charged in connection with a Rumford-area cocaine ring.
Drug agents and local police made the arrests Thursday night in Farmington and reportedly seized nearly $2,500 worth of Ecstasy, along with LSD and marijuana, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety.
Merlin Corey, 22, Michelle Arsenault, 24, Jeremy Whitney, 24, all of Farmington; Angel Vasquez, 24, of Pawtucket, R.I.; Kyle Haskell, 24, of Marshfield, Mass.; and Robert Rivard, 25, whose address could not be determined, were arrested on charges of trafficking and importation of Ecstasy. All were taken to the Franklin County Detection Center, McCausland said.
McCausland said the MDEA had been investigating reports that occupants of 111 Thomas McClennan Road were selling Ecstasy being delivered from Rhode Island. MDEA agents, Farmington police, Franklin County sheriff’s deputies and Maine State Police set up surveillance and intercepted the suspects as they drove into their driveway about 4 p.m. A search of the two vehicles involved reportedly resulted in the seizure of 95 Ecstasy tablets, about 100 doses of LSD and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Agents then searched the house and allegedly found 10 more Ecstasy tablets, a bag of suspected hallucinogenic mushrooms, some packaged marijuana, and 146 live marijuana plants growing in the attic.
Also on Thursday, MDEA agents and Rumford police arrested five people indicted on cocaine charges by the Oxford County grand jury. MDEA said the five were part of a cocaine distribution ring responsible for up to $250,000 worth of cocaine sold in the Rumford-Mexico area in the past year, according to McCausland.
- Timothy Clark, 40, Mexico was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in cocaine in a school zone, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and illegal importation of cocaine.
- Kevin Pettegrow, 29, of Rumford was charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine in a school zone.
- Kaine Adam Hodgkins, 22, of Roxbury was charged with attempted trafficking in cocaine and violation of conditions of release.
- Uniah H. Leidy, 30, of Rumford was charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine.
- Dale A. Korhonen, 42, of Jay was charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in cocaine in a school zone, four counts of violation of conditions of release, possession of a concealed weapon, unlawful possession of cocaine, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and tampering with a witness.
McCausland said the five were arrested at their homes Thursday without incident and taken to the Oxford County Jail . Other arrests are also expected.
MDEA agent Tony Milligan said the investigation began in January 2010 as undercover agents and informants conducted surveillance, made recorded calls and purchased cocaine from the group. Milligan said Clark, the ringleader, was making several trips a week to Massachusetts to pick up quarter-pound quantities of cocaine, which he distributed to local drug dealers. MDEA allegedly intercepted one of those shipments on Dec. 4, 2010, from Clark just before it was to be distributed.