Three people including a New York man have been arrested and charged in connection with a crack cocaine trafficking ring that appears to have been based in Deer Isle.

The group of alleged traffickers has imported significant amounts of crack cocaine into the Deer Isle and Stonington areas of Hancock County over the past several months, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Drug agents on Monday night seized 150 grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of $25,000, and more than $9,000 in suspected drug proceeds in a raid on the Deer Isle home of Shannon Gray, 32, and Michael Brown, 39. Barry Glover, 19, of Bronx, New York, was in the home with the couple at the time of the raid.

All three face aggravated trafficking charges because of the amount of drugs that were seized. They are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Ellsworth Unified Court.

McCausland said Monday’s bust was the second time in a week that a major source of drugs in Hancock County had been disrupted.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized 400 grams of heroin, 22 pounds of marijuana, 750 oxycodone pills, $40,000 in cash, two vehicles and more than a dozen firearms in a raid at a home in Orland. Three people were arrested.

“Sheriff Scott Kane and MDEA Director Roy McKinney said the work will continue to stem the flow of illicit drugs to the county and both acknowledge there is more work to be done,” McCausland said in a prepared statement.

 


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