A Wilton woman and New York man were arrested Wednesday on felony drug charges after an apartment on Village View Street in Wilton was searched as part of an investigation into possible drug activity reported there.

Arder Prinkleton, 45, of Brooklyn, New York, and Crystal Taylor, 42, of Wilton, were arrested about 2 p.m. Wednesday at the scene, according to a news release from Wilton police Chief Heidi Wilcox.

Prinkleton was arrested on an outstanding warrant from York District Court charging failure to appear, and he and Taylor were both charged with unlawful trafficking of a schedule W drug (cocaine), a class B felony. Prinkleton had illegal drugs on his person, according to Wilcox.

The apartment, where Taylor is a tenant, was seized and searched after a search warrant was issued, a result of an investigation by Wilton police and agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, who were investigating reports of drug activity. More than 2 ounces of cocaine and $6,000 in cash were found during the investigation, Wilcox said.

“With help from the public and resources including the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, drugs which have a street value of approximately $7,000 have been seized,” Wilcox said.

Both Prinkleton and Taylor are being held in the Franklin County Jail with bail set at $20,000 cash for each. Prinkleton also is held in lieu of $750 bail on the outstanding warrant, Wilcox said. If bail is not posted, both Taylor and Prinkleton will appear before the court Friday.

Wilcox said further arrests are expected.

She said she is “very grateful for the citizens who brought forward complaints to the Wilton police.”


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