Two men were arrested in a drug raid Tuesday in St. Albans, netting police Fentanyl powder, Suboxone strips, digital scales, drug paraphernalia, drug related documentation and about $600 in cash.

Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said a search warrant was carried out just after 6 a.m. Tuesday at the home of Keith Gould, 35, at 13 Gould Lane, in St. Albans.

A team from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office executed the drug search warrant, led by Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi II and including two sheriff’s office detectives, five deputies, and the Maine Drug Enforcement agent assigned to the sheriff’s office, Lancaster said.

Gould was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule W drug, Fentanyl, a class D crime; and possession of Suboxone, also a class D misdemeanor.

Nicholas Withee, 29, of Etna, was present at the time of the search and was arrested on a probation hold. Withee is on probation in Penobscot County because of domestic violence-related convictions, according to the sheriff.

Two children under the age of 10 were at the home and were released to family members. The Department of Health and Human Services was contacted about the children.

“This has been an ongoing investigation relating to heroin and Fentanyl being sold in the Somerset County area, along with recent drug-related overdoses in the Hartland and Pittsfield area,” Lancaster said.

Once the seized drugs are tested further and weighed, additional drug-related charges might be brought against Gould and others involved in suspected drug trafficking in the area, including people thought to be responsible for selling the heroin and Fentanyl to people who recently overdosed on the drugs.

The cases will be reviewed by the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office, which will decide on what further criminal charges may be brought.

Gould remains at the Somerset County Jail and is scheduled to appear March 14 in Somerset County Unified Court.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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