AUBURN, Maine — Three people were arrested Wednesday after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Auburn police turned up evidence of a drug trafficking operation.
Rebecca Thompson, 33, of Auburn was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, namely crack cocaine and heroin, MDEA Cmdr. Scott Pelletier said Thursday in a news release.
Jonathan Banyan, 28, and Danish Purdy, 20, both of Brooklyn, were charged with aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine, Pelletier said. Purdy also is charged with illegal importation of scheduled drugs, he said.
Wednesday’s arrests were the result of a search of an apartment on Laurel Avenue in Auburn by MDEA agents from the Western District Task Force and Auburn police, Pelletier said.
“Both agencies had received numerous complaints from area residents concerned about increased foot traffic and drugs being sold at the residence,” Pelletier said.
According to Pelletier, the search yielded a cache of drugs consistent of a large-scale drug trafficking operation. Items seized included 230 grams of prepackaged and bulk crack cocaine, 8 grams of heroin, a gun and electronic scales, he said.
Pelletier pegged the street value of the drugs at more than $24,000.
Thompson, Banyan and Purdy were arrested without incident and taken to Androscoggin County Jail, he said.
Banyan, who is on parole out of New York for weapons charges, is being held without bail, Pelletier said. Purdy and Thompson are each being held on $35,000 cash bail pending appearances at Lewiston District Court.