Ellsworth man arrested on heroin trafficking charge

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 24, 2013, at 6:38 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A local man has been arrested on a Class A drug trafficking charge after police allegedly found more than $11,000 worth of heroin and two handguns at his home on Water Street, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

A search warrant was executed at the home of Matthew Wright, 33, on Wednesday night, MDEA indicated in a statement released late Thursday afternoon.

At the home, police found more than 330 bags of heroin packaged for retail sale and two handguns, one of which was loaded, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall indicated in the press release. Police also found and seized approximately 40 grams of another suspicious substance that has yet to be identified, he said.

The value of the heroin seized is estimated to be more than $11,000, according to MDEA. The average retail price for a bag of heroin is $35, the statement indicated.

Wright was arrested on a charge of aggravated trafficking in heroin and taken to Hancock County Jail, where he remained Thursday evening. Wright’s bail is set at $2,500 cash. He is due to appear in court in Ellsworth on the charge on Feb. 21, 2013, according to MDEA.

Class A crimes are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. If he is convicted, according to Crandall, Wright faces a minimum sentence of four years in prison.

MDEA indicated in the release that Wright has been under investigation for about a month, during which time both heroin and cocaine allegedly were purchased from the suspect.

“Additional charges are expected against Wright and other arrests will be made before the investigation is closed,” Crandall wrote in the release. “Because the safety of the public and our personnel is our primary concern, it causes us great concern that our agents are finding more and more loaded handguns on suspects or stored with illegal drugs. Guns and drugs simply do not mix.”

Drug crimes can be reported to MDEA by calling 800-452-6457, by contacting MDEA through its website, www.maine.gov/dps/mdea, or with the agency’s iPhone and Android smartphone app, which is available from MyPD, according to the agency.

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