April 22, 2018
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4 arrested by agents in heroin, oxycodone busts

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Four people were arrested on Thursday night and Friday morning following an investigation of distribution of heroin and other drugs from New York into Hancock and Penobscot counties, officials said Friday.

Behind bars are Robert Wood, Jr., 46, Nicole Kelley, 34, both of Bangor, Jonathan Baez, 29, of the Bronx and Jerald Hiland, 34, of Old Town, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency commander Peter Arno said.

At 9 p.m. Thursday, drug agents, along with Bangor police and Homeland Security agents, performed a search warrant at Wood and Kelley’s residence in response to evidence that they were trafficking in oxycodone, according to Arno.

The search warrant turned up eight oxycodone tablets and $500 in cash, resulting in the arrests of Kelley and Wood, and they were charged with trafficking in Schedule W drugs and possession of Schedule W drugs, Arno said.

Officials from the MDEA’s Downeast task force and state police performed a similar search warrant on Baez and Hiland early Friday, Arno said, after learning of evidence of trafficking at a Dedham residence.

The raid produced 15 grams of heroin worth $4,000, 144 oxycodone pills worth $7,200, $13,000 in cash and two handguns, the commander said.

Baez and Hiland were both charged with aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs, Arno said. Hiland’s charge was elevated to aggravated due to a prior drug conviction from December 2012 in which he spent 9 months in jail.

Baez and Hiland are being held at the Hancock County Jail and Kelley and Wood at Penobscot County Jail.


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