FAIRFIELD — A man and woman from Anson were arrested on drug charges late Monday night after police discovered more than 30 grams of heroin in a car.

Kristen Leigh Johansen, 30, was arrested on two drug charges after Fairfield Police Officer Jordan Brooks searched her car and allegedly found drugs along with cash.

Lucas Andrew Gage, 27, a passenger in the car, also was arrested on a charge of violating a condition of release. Capt. Paul St. Amand couldn’t say whether Gage allegedly was involved with or knew about the drugs in the car, but said that he and Johansen share the same residence.

Brooks reportedly saw Johansen’s car stopped in the breakdown lane on Norridgewock Road around 10:30 p.m. on Monday and checked on the vehicle. Gage’s bail conditions said he must submit to searches, so Brooks searched the car and allegedly first found drug paraphernelia and then 31 grams of heroin, $1,700 in cash, packaging equipment and some amount of Lorazepam, a sedative used to relieve anxiety or treat seizures.

The street value of the heroin is estimated at $6,340, according to St. Amand. “It’s a significant find,” he said.

St. Amand said the department is still investigating the incident.

Johansen was arrested on charges of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in jail and a fine up to $50,000, and unlawful possession of a scheduled drug for the finding of Lorazepam, a Class E misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000.

Gage was tested for drugs or alcohol and was then arrested on a charge of violating a condition of release, a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine up to $5,000.

Both were transported to the Somerset County Jail in East Madison and have not yet posted bail.

Madeline St. Amour – 861-9239

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Twitter: @madelinestamour


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