PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Four Aroostook County men were arrested Tuesday night and charged following an investigation into heroin trafficking in Presque Isle, according to a joint statement released Wednesday afternoon by the Presque Isle Police Department and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Charged with two counts each of Class B, unlawful trafficking in heroin, are John Ansolini, 21, of Fort Fairfield and Troy Marchant, 25, of Presque Isle.
Joshua Willette of Presque Isle was charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in heroin, and Brian Gilmer, 23, of Presque Isle with theft of a firearm and violating conditions of release.
Reports of heroin being sold from a home on Dragon Drive in Presque Isle were investigated by MDEA over this past weekend and agents were able to purchase heroin on two occasions from Marchant and Ansolini, according to the release.
MDEA agents allege the drugs came from a home owned by Willette’s mother, Lorraine Michaud, on Dragon Drive where agents and members of the Presque Isle Police Department executed a search warrant Tuesday night.
Police said that in the home they found and seized heroin packaging, scales, a grinder with heroin residue, $890 in cash, a Glock 9 mm pistol with a loaded magazine and 525 rounds of 9 mm ammunition.
At the time of the raid Michaud and Willette were in the house along with Marchant, Ansolini and two young children.
MDEA agents allege the heroin was sold by Ansolini and Marchant and was supplied by Williette.
Gilmer was not at the home at the time, but the firearm seized in the raid is owned by Gilmer’s father. Agents determined the son had taken it without his permission, resulting in the theft charge. According to the release, Gilmer was already on bail for another theft when he was arrested on the new charge.
All four suspects have been taken to the Aroostook County Jail and no date has been given for their arraignment.
“Heroin seizures and arrests have been on the rise across Maine for several months, working their way from south to north,” according to the MDEA.
Information on drug crimes may be reported to MDEA at 800-452-6457, or at MDEA’s website, www.maine.gov/dps/mdea.