STATEWIDE — Seven people have been arrested in connection with a drug trafficking network based out of Massachusetts, according to Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Commander Scott Pelletier.
He said for the past month, agents have been investigating a network that was trafficking significant amounts of cocaine, cocaine base, heroin and fentanyl for distribution in Hancock and Washington counties.
Pelletier said in the early morning hours of Jan. 12, agents stopped 27-year- old Kayla Thistlewood of Baileyville and East Machias driving on Route 182 in Cherryfield. She was arrested for violating federal probation as a result of a previous incident involving drugs.
Franz Morris, 57, of New Bedford, Massachusetts was a passenger in her vehicle. Morris was arrested and charged with trafficking after agents seized cocaine, cocaine base and fentanyl from him.
On Jan. 15, 42- year-old Matthew Small of Cherryfield, 36 -year-old David Seale of New Bedford, Massachusetts, and 35 -year-old Cole Kennedy of Milbridge were arrested for aggravated trafficking.
On Monday, 37-year-old Jonathan Johnson of Columbia was also arrested for aggravated trafficking.
Pelletier said the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.