AUGUSTA — Hours apart this weekend, city police arrested a man suspected of trafficking in drugs and a woman driving a car that had been reported stolen in separate cases involving other area law enforcement agencies.

Early Sunday morning, Marktese Ja’ta Frazier, 25, of Lyman, was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs and having a loaded firearm in a vehicle. About four hours earlier, Heidi Tuggle, 33, of Augusta, was arrested and charged with theft by unauthorized use of property, assault and operating under the influence.

In a Sunday news release, Deputy Chief Jared Mills of the Augusta Police Department said the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a robbery outside of Augusta when city police noticed the Frazier’s car at a store on Stone Street around 1:30 a.m.

Inside the vehicle, police found “a significant amount” of cocaine and the gun, Mills said. On Sunday, Frazier was being held at the Kennebec County jail on $20,000 bail.

On Saturday at 10:44 p.m., Mills said Augusta police Officer Christopher Hutchings located a car that had been reported stolen from Hallowell. After Hutchings stopped the car, Mills said Tuggle assaulted him, who determined she was drunk and arrested her. Hallowell police were called to the scene and charged her with the car theft.

Mills said the incidents are what service-center communities like Augusta face “on a daily basis,” making collaboration between local agencies crucial.

“This weekend’s events reveal the dedication of law enforcement officials and their effectiveness when collaborating with one another,” he said.

Michael Shepherd — 370-7652

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Twitter: @mikeshepherdme


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