Four arrested in Gouldsboro drug bust

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.

GOULDSBORO, Maine — Four people were arrested Thursday by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency after police executed a search warrant at a home on Guzzle Road and found about 10 grams of heroin along with $1,000 in cash that police suspect are proceeds from the sale of drugs, MDEA indicated Friday in a prepared release.

The people who live at the house — Edward Muise, 38, and Samantha Polchies, 25 — each were arrested on Class A charges of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. Bail for each was set at $10,000 unsecured, MDEA Commander Peter Arno said in the release.

Convictions for Class A crimes in Maine are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Two other people were arrested Thursday as part of the same drug bust.

Gary Reynolds, 56, of Milbridge was arrested on a charge of felony heroin possession, while Melissa Valzania, 37, of Franklin was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of the prescription drug diazepam. Bail for Reynolds and Valzania was set at $1,000 for each.

All four people charged have since bailed out of Hancock County Jail, corrections officers at the jail said Saturday.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, Maine State Police, Ellsworth Police Department, Gouldsboro Police Department and U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services assisted in the investigation.

Arno said that the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely.

“Heroin distribution throughout Hancock County and other regions of the state of Maine continues to pose a significant threat to our communities,” Arno said. “The MDEA, along with our state, local, county and federal law enforcement partners, have made these investigations a top priority.”

 

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