WEST BATH — Three local residents were arrested Tuesday night and charged with trafficking in heroin after what Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Director Roy McKinney said was a recent “influx” of heroin in Sagadahoc County.
Joshua Neisius, 25, of West Bath, Derek Elliot, 21, of Brunswick and Dwan Russell, 25, of Topsham, were charged by MDEA agents with trafficking in Schedule W Drugs after agents allegedly found them in possession of 6, 1 and 2 grams of heroin, respectively.
Neisius and Elliot were arrested at approximately 10:45 p.m. on New Meadows Road in West Bath, said Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Deputy Calvin Temple. Russell was arrested about two hours later in the Bath YMCA parking lot.
“The investigation started about a month ago after agents and local police began to notice an influx of heroin in Sagadahoc County,” McKinney said in a release Wednesday.
One gram of heroin may be converted into as many as 40 to 50 retail bags of heroin, which sell for $25 to $30 each in Sagadahoc County, he said.
The suspects were taken to Two Bridges Jail. Neisius’ bail was set at $2,500 cash, Russell’s and Elliot’s bail were each set at $1,000 cash. All three remained in custody on Wednesday, and were scheduled to make initial court appearances later Wednesday.
CORRECTION: Imprecise information from the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office initially indicated Neisius also lived in Brunswick.