ST. AGATHA – A man from St. Agatha is facing cocaine trafficking and escape charges after he tried to run from Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigators and officers from several other departments during a raid at his home on Friday night.
Authorities said Eric Blanchette, 37, was at home when they arrived but Blanchette refused to let them in so they had to force their way inside.
Blanchette was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in cocaine. The charges were aggravated because Blanchette was convicted of trafficking in cocaine in 2008.
Police say while he was in handcuffs in his driveway, Blanchette broke free and tried to get away. He was arrested again after a brief foot chase and an escape charge added to his list of offenses.
In addition to arresting Blanchette, police seized a cell phone used to facilitate drug transactions and cash from the sale of drugs.
Blanchette has been released on $15,000 cash bail. If convicted on one of the aggravated drug trafficking offenses, Blanchette faces a minimum four-year prison sentence, with a maximum allowable sentence of 30 years.
The arrest was the result of an MDEA criminal investigation that began in January from information provided by the Fort Kent Police Department.