VASSALBORO, Maine — Maine drug agents arrested eight people from midcoast Maine and New York on Friday who they say were involved in distributing heroin and crack cocaine from a home at 38 Whitehouse Road in Vassalboro.
Late Friday afternoon, investigators from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s South Central Task Force, working with the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at the house and seized 28 grams of heroin, 65 grams of crack cocaine, 25 grams of powdered cocaine, 15 grams of methamphetamine and 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, with a total street value in excess of $15,000, according to a news release Saturday from MDEA Cmdr. Peter Arno and Kennebec County Sheriff Ryan Reardon.
Agents also seized three handguns, approximately $2,000 in suspected drug proceeds and other evidence.
Undercover drug agents and deputies allegedly purchased heroin and crack cocaine on a number of occasions from individuals inside the home.
Richard “Stash” Baker, 34, of New York and Joseph “Joe Daddy” Gagnon, 59, of Vassalboro each were charged with two counts of Class A aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs (heroin and crack cocaine) and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Charges were elevated because of the alleged presence of a firearm, the amount of drugs seized and prior drug felony convictions. Baker’s bail was set at $60,000 cash, and Gagnon’s was set at $30,000 cash.
Tayshaun Gibson, 25, of Albany, New York; Alijah Jenkins, 22, of Troy, New York; and Rosemily Rivera, 24, also of Troy, New York, each were charged with one count of Class A aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs (heroin and crack), with bail set at $50,000 cash for Gibson and $40,000 cash for Jenkins and Rivera. Charges against the five were elevated because of the alleged presence of a firearm and the amount of drugs seized, police said.
Jocelyn Jones, 28, of China was charged with one count of Class A aggravated trafficking of Schedule W drugs (heroin and crack) and possession of Schedule W drugs, with bail set at $30,000. Charges were elevated because of the alleged presence of a firearm and the amount of drugs seized.
Austin Bond, 25, of Jefferson was charged with one count of possession of Schedule W drugs (oxycodone). Bail was set at $5,000 cash.
Kendra Vigue, 32, of Gardiner was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on drug trafficking charges.
All eight remained at Kennebec County Jail on Saturday.
The investigation continues, and more arrests are possible, according to the release.
The Vassalboro Police Department and Maine State Police assisted with the search warrant.