BIDDEFORD, Maine — Maine Drug Enforcement agents on Wednesday arrested a Greene man for allegedly trafficking in crack cocaine and then attempting to flush crack and heroin down a toilet when agents executed a search warrant.
Two other men, one from Saco and one from Old Orchard Beach, face other charges after allegedly fleeing from the scene and leading police on a high-speed chase before crashing and rolling their Jeep.
Ernst St. Louis Anduze, 33, of Greene is charged with aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine, according to a release from MDEA Cmdr. Scott Pelletier.
According to the release, the MDEA and Biddeford Police Department have received complaints for two months from neighbors of a Graham Street apartment about loud noise, suspected drug dealing, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.
At about 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, agents allegedly saw St. Louis Anduze; Vaughn Hanson, 45, of Saco; and Anthony Jarry, 28, of Old Orchard Beach, outside the Graham Street apartment building, and then watched St. Louis Anduze return to the apartment as Hanson and Jarry left the scene in a black Jeep with a female passenger.
Drug agents followed the Jeep on Route 5, with assistance from the Saco Police Department. When officers stopped the Jeep, Hanson allegedly drove away at high speed. Police chased the Jeep until, a short distance away, Hanson lost control of the vehicle, causing the Jeep to strike another vehicle and roll onto its roof.
All three occupants suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from local hospitals.
A small amount of crack cocaine was allegedly seized from the Jeep.
The MDEA then executed a search warrant, with Biddeford police officers, at the Graham Street apartment.
St. Louis Anduze allegedly attempted to flush heroin and crack cocaine down a toilet, but agents allegedly recovered about a gram of each drug from the toilet.
Approximately 12 grams of crack cocaine was found in St. Louis Aduze’s sneakers, police said. MDEA agents also allegedly seized $5,000 in cash, scales, drug packaging materials and a loaded handgun.
Seven other people at the apartment, including the tenant and three men from Dorchester, Mass., were released.
Agents then searched a Holiday Inn Express hotel room in Biddeford and seized approximately $18,500 in suspected drug proceeds, according to the release.
St. Louis Anduze was arrested and taken to York County Jail. Bail was set at $20,000.
Hanson was charged with eluding a police officer, reckless conduct and aggravated criminal mischief. Bail was set at $2,500.
Jarry was arrested on a warrant and charged with failing to appear in court and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. Bail on the warrant was $540.
Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.