AUGUSTA - Augusta police have arrested 10 people allegedly part of a heroin trafficking ring.
This, after a search Wednesday of the Penly Street home of Peter Gleason, 32, reportedly turned up nearly 45 grams of heroin, estimated at $10,000 and five grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine.
The Augusta Police Department's Special Response Team, along with personnel from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA), Kennebec Sheriff's Office, Maine State Police, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, jointly assisted in the search.
Of the ten arrested, seven are from Pennsylvania, one from New Jersey, and two are from Maine.
Eights are charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin and conspiracy to traffic. They include Ricquell Lindo, 20, Tyshawn Mack, 21, Nathaniel Taylor, 19, Tyrone Wilkins, 23, Darvent Cummings, 22, Kenya Evans, 20, all of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Shaquanna Khaleelah, 18, of Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania, a 17 year-old girl from Patterson, New Jersey, and Peter Gleason, 32, of Augusta, Maine.
Charged with unlawful possession of drugs and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia is Ryan Minoty, 21, of Augusta.
Several arraignments are scheduled for Friday in Kennebec County Superior Court.
A number of those arrested are reportedly members or affiliates of a street gang known as the ''Almighty Black P. Stones", based out of Chicago.
Authorities say more arrests are likely.