Eight people were arrested and some $15,000 worth of illegal drugs as well as three handguns were seized by authorities during a search Friday night at a home at 38 Whitehouse Road in Vassalboro.

The same house was the scene of a shooting four years ago.

Investigators from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Saturday that the raid was the culmination of undercover purchases of heroin and crack from the house.

During the raid, agents seized 28 grams of heroin, 65 grams of crack or cocaine base, 25 grams of powdered cocaine, 15 grams of methamphetamine, 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and $2,000 in cash believed to be connected to drug sales, according to the release.

Police said those arrested and charged were:

• Richard “Stash” Baker, 34, of New York City, who was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He is being held at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.

• Austin Bond, 25, of Jefferson, who was charged with one count of possession of oxycodone. He was released from the jail Saturday on $5,000 bail.

• Joseph “Joe Daddy” Gagnon, 59, of Vassalboro, was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He is being held at the jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Gagnon, owner of the home at 38 Whitehouse Road, shot a man on Jan. 17, 2012, in the bedroom there with a homemade gun. He told police the shooting was a case of self-defense, and he was not charged. He later pleaded guilty to other offenses that occurred the same day.

The victim, Rafael Encarnacion, of Bronx, New York, was reportedly the boyfriend of Gagnon’s daugher. Encarnacion later recovered from his wounds.

• Tayshaun Gibson, 25, of Albany, New York, who was charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine. Bail is set at $50,000.

• Alijah Jenkins, 22, of Troy, New York, who was charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine. Bail is set at $40,000.

• Jocelyn Jones, 28, of China, who was charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine and possession of scheduled drugs. Bail is set at $30,000.

• Rosemily Rivera, 24, of Troy, New York, who was charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin and crack cocaine. Bail is $40,000 cash.

• Kendra Vigue, 34, of Gardiner, who was arrested on a warrant charging failure to appear in court on drug trafficking charges. She is being held without bail.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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