AUGUSTA — A couple face multiple drug charges after police searched a River Street residence in connection with a burglary investigation and found $30,000 worth of drugs.

Franklin Arbour Jr., 38, of Augusta, and Angie L. Sousa, 32, of Farmingdale, were arrested Wednesday on River Street, according to a press release from Augusta Police.

“Along with evidence from the thefts, detectives seized 1,250 bags of heroin, 24 grams of cocaine, 13 grams of bath salts and over 100 marijuana plants,” according to the release.

Augusta Police Detective Eric Dos Santos had drafted the search warrant for apartment 2 at 58 River St. in Augusta’s Sand Hill neighborhood in connection with an investigation of a series of burglaries and thefts.

The apartment was searched by Augusta officers and Maine Drug Enforcement agents at about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Arbour, who served more than eight year in prison on drug charges, is charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, two counts of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and aggravated cultivation of marijuana.

He is being held at the Kennebec County jail on $50,000 cash bail.

Sousa, who also has an Augusta address, is charged with two counts of unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs and aggravated cultivation of marijuana. She is being held at the Kennebec County jail on $25,000 cash bail.

In March 2005, Arbour was sentenced to 100 months in federal prison for his part in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in the Augusta area and for soliciting people to buy guns that he could trade for drugs in Massachusetts.

He had pleaded guilty in October 2003 in U.S. District Court in Bangor and was released from federal custody in December 2009 to begin three years of supervised release.

Federal court documents show that in August 2011, Arbour was charged in Lincoln County with aggravated forgery and forgery in connection with the use of a computer to create counterfeit currency and checks.

Eventually he pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and was given a 24-month deferred disposition and ordered to pay $4,000 restitution.

In connection with that plea, the documents say, a federal judge approved changing conditions of Arbour’s supervised release to include mental health treatment and ordered him to participate in the federal computer and internet monitoring program and to do 20 hours of community service.

Arbour is expected to make his initial court appearance on Friday.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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