OAKLAND — Two men and a woman from New York were arrested Monday and have been charged with trafficking heroin and crack cocaine following a months-long investigation of narcotics distribution in Kennebec County.

Jason Funderburke, 29, of New York City, and Michael Hill, 23, and Victoria Atz, 23, both of Coram, New York, were arrested following a traffic stop in Oakland shortly after 10 a.m.

Police uncovered 22 grams of heroin and 14 grams of crack cocaine in the vehicle Funerburke, Hill and Atz were driving in. An additional 8.5 grams of crack were recovered from a home on Audrey Lane the three had left shortly before being stopped, according to a statement from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency released Monday afternoon. The street value of the drugs is approximately $8,000, according to an MDEA news release.

“These arrests highlight the continued disturbing trend of out-of-state drug traffickers who are coming to this state for the sole purpose of distributing illicit drugs,” the MDEA said in the release. “The potential threat posed to communities across the state by these individuals is significant.”

Funderburke was being sought for arrest on charges related to the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine to an undercover agent earlier this year, according to MDEA.

On Monday, MDEA agents learned that Funderburke and two others were in Oakland and in possession of drugs imported from outside Maine for sale in the state, according to the statement. The three were pulled over by Oakland Police at the request of the agency.

Funderburke is being charged with three counts of class A aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and was taken to Kennebec County jail and held on $75,000 cash bail. Hill and Atz were charged with class B unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs and were held at the Kennebec County jail on $2,500 cash.

Oakland police, the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police participated in the investigation, according to the MDEA.

“The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has made these types of investigations a priority and will use all of its available resources in order to identify, arrest and prosecute traffickers who come to this state in order to exploit their illegal trade,” the agency said in its statement.

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