SKOWHEGAN — Somerset County Sheriff’s detectives seized over 55 grams of crack cocaine from a home on Madison Avenue on March 30 and later arrested three individuals on drug charges.

According to a news release from Sheriff Dale Lancaster, detectives executed a drug search warrant at the residence of Nicole Morse and Lisa Staples on Madison Avenue at 1:15 p.m. March 30. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Skowhegan Police Department assisted the sheriff’s deputies and detectives.

During the search, over 55 grams of crack cocaine, $2,240 in cash, several digital scales, drug packaging material, drug related paraphernalia, drug related documentation and controlled pills were seized. The cocaine has an approximate street value of $5,500.

Davon Bell, 31, of Rochester, New York, was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking in a schedule W drug and possession of a schedule W drug. The drug trafficking charges against Bell are aggravated, because of the amount of crack cocaine seized — over 32 grams — and Bell has prior felony drug convictions in New York.

Bell is being held at the Somerset County Jail on $100,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 13.

On Monday, April 2, Lisa Staples, 54, of Skowhegan, was charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine, unlawful furnishing of cocaine and unlawful possession of cocaine.

The following day, Nicole Morse, 32, of Skowhegan, was arrested on charges of aggravated trafficking in cocaine, unlawful furnishing of cocaine and unlawful possession of cocaine.

Both are scheduled to appear in court on July 11.

Colin Ellis — 861-9253

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