June 24, 2018
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Skowhegan man facing heroin, cocaine trafficking charges

Somerset County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Somerset County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Joseph Adams
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A 21-year-old man is facing multiple drug charges after a search warrant executed at his home turned up heroin and cocaine, police said.

Several bags of heroin and a small amount of cocaine were found during a search of the Skowhegan residence of Joseph Adams on Tuesday, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

The search warrant was executed by Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi and a team of Somerset County deputies, who were backed up by Skowhegan police and Maine Drug Enforcement agents, Lancaster said.

The sheriff’s office had been investigating the sale and use of heroin at Adams’ residence over the last couple of months, Lancaster said.

“The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected once all of the seized evidence is processed and laboratory tested,” Lancaster said.

In addition to the heroin and cocaine, pills, a large amount of drug paraphernalia, heroin packaging material, hypodermic needles, illegally processed registration plates and drug-related documentation were also found at the residence, Lancaster said.

Adams was taken into custody following the search warrant and charged with trafficking in a Schedule W drug, aggravated drug trafficking and two counts of possession of a Schedule W drug.

One of the charges was elevated to aggravated because Adams’ residence is located within 1,000 feet of a designated safe zone, according to Lancaster.

Adams is being held at the Somerset County Jail.


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