WATERVILLE — A Winslow woman was arrested after allegedly selling heroin to undercover police officers twice in January.

According to Chief Joseph Massey, of the Waterville police, Kelli Anne Johnson, 33, was arrested around 8 p.m. Wednesday on China Road in Winslow and charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and violating conditions of release.

On Jan. 5 and Jan. 16, police officers conducted controlled buys from Johnson, Massey said. Police suspected Johnson had acquired more heroin from the Augusta area, he said, and when she returned to Waterville on Wednesday, she was stopped and arrested for the two controlled buys. The aggravated trafficking charge, a class A felony, was for the Jan. 16 buy; and the unlawful trafficking charge, a class B crime, was for the Jan. 5 buy.

Officers suspected Johnson had drugs with her at the time and asked that a drug-sniffing dog be brought to the scene. The dog detected drugs in the car, so police searched it. At that point, Johnson told police she had a firearm under the seat, and police seized a Ruger .22. Police also found 1.5 grams of heroin, a digital scale with cocaine residue on it and other drug paraphernalia, Massey said.

The car Johnson was driving was seized by police and is still in police possession, as charges are pending. Johnson was taken to the Kennebec County Jail, where she is being held without bail, as she violated her previous bail conditions.

Massey said Johnson also was arrested on a charge of violating conditions of release, which stemmed from other drug charges over the summer. Johnson was arrested June 22, 2017, on charges of furnishing scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, as well as a civil violation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

In that arrest, Massey said a police officer noticed a woman who had a warrant for arrest in Ohio getting into a car. Police followed the car and stopped it on Donald V. Carter Memorial Bridge. Johnson was driving the car, and the passenger was Devin Schwanger, 24, of Sandusky, Ohio. Massey said Schwanger was the subject of an active Ohio arrest warrant, and she was sent back there. He said he did not know what the charge is.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

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Twitter: @colinoellis


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