BANGOR, Maine — Following a lengthy criminal investigation, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a Brewer woman Friday and charged her with trafficking in crack cocaine near a city park this past summer.
Heather Brooks, 37, was arrested on Hammond Street and charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and Class B unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. She was taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where she was held before having her $5,000 bail posted around 5:30 p.m.
“The investigation was ongoing for a few months,” said Darrell Crandall Jr., an MDEA division commander. “We were looking for her and when we found her, she had drugs and a large amount of cash on her.”
At the time of her arrest, Brooks was in possession of 120 30-milligram oxycodone tablets with a total value of $4,800 as well as $2,916 in cash, the alleged proceeds gained from illicit drug sales, according to an MDEA press release.
Brooks is accused of selling crack earlier this summer within 1,000 feet of Maple Street Park in Brewer, which the city of Brewer has designated as a “safe zone.” Crandall said municipalities can designate certain places — such as schools and parks — as zones wherein criminal activities such as drug trafficking mandate elevated charges because children may be present.
Brooks, who is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Nov. 21 at the Penobscot Judicial Center, faces a four-year minimum prison sentence on the aggravated trafficking charge.
Crandall, who credited both the Bangor and Brewer police departments and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for helping with the investigation and subsequent arrest, said additional arrests may be forthcoming.