ROCKLAND, Maine — Two brothers from Hope were arrested Thursday evening and charged with dealing heroin.
Richard Stanton, 27, and John Stanton, 23, both were charged by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with aggravated trafficking in drugs. The charge was elevated because their residence, where the trafficking is alleged to have occurred, is adjacent to the Hope Elementary School, according to Maine DEA Supervisor James Pease.
Pease said, however, that there is no evidence the brothers were selling to students.
The siblings had been under investigation for a couple of months, according to Pease. Maine State Police, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Maine Warden Service assisted MDEA in executing a search warrant at the home Thursday evening.
Twenty grams of heroin, some packaged for sale, and about $2,500 in cash were seized, Pease said.
Both men were taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland. Bail for the older brother was set at $25,000 cash while bail for the younger man was set at $10,000 cash.
Richard Stanton was on probation from a federal charge of making fake $20 bills.
The brothers are scheduled to make their initial appearance in Rockland District Court on Friday afternoon.