AUGUSTA — Four people were arrested on drug charges after a police raid Thursday at 179 Shepherd Drive in Sidney.

Amanda Ware, 29, and Derek Blake, 30, both of whom live at that address, are charged with three counts each of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and criminal conspiracy.

A judge on Friday set bail for Ware and Blake at $5,000 each.

Demetrius Snow 22, of New York, and Jacquette Jones, 18, also of New York, also were arrested on the same charges. However, the charges against Jones were dropped.

Bail for Snow was set at $8,000.

According to a news release from Kennebec County Sheriff Ryan Reardon, the search warrant for the residence was obtained after a monthlong investigation by deputies from that office and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The investigation began after suspicious activity was reported at the home.

Seized at the residence were 1 ounce of crack cocaine, 8 grams of heroin, a half-pound pound of marijuana and $1,000 cash.

“The early morning raid was carried out by Sheriff’s Office tactically trained deputies after determining there were potentially dangerous people in the residence,” Reardon said in the release. “We continue to see the proliferation of heroin within our communities. These arrests are becoming more frequent and emerging in the rural areas of the state. We expect more arrests in the future.”

An affidavit by Detective Michael Bickford, of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, which was filed at the Capital Judicial Center, said a confidential informant wearing a wire and carrying cash from the sheriff’s office purchased crack cocaine from Ware on Oct. 5 in Sidney. A second purchase by a confidential informant of crack cocaine and heroin from Ware occurred Monday in Sidney, according to court documents.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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Twitter: @betadams

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