AUGUSTA — Four men were arrested on drug charges Tuesday after police searched a Water Street apartment building.

Augusta Police Department Detective Matthew Estes examines a kitten recovered Tuesday during the execution of a search warrant at 386 Water St. by the agency and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. The healthy feline was taken to an animal shelter. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Augusta Police and representatives from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, acting on a search warrant and arrest warrant, entered 386 Water St. around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, where they arrested four men, according to a media release from Augusta Police Deputy Chief Kevin Lully.

Samuel Baker, 63, of Augusta was charged with trafficking and aggravated trafficking in illegal drugs. Edric Hewett, 40, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking. Jefferson Young, 29, also of Philadelphia, was charged with trafficking. Tesla Staff, 24, whom police described as possibly transient, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear for drug charges.

They were all taken to Kennebec County Jail, where bail of $35,000 each was set for Baker and Young. No bail was allowed for Hewett and Staff.

Lully said police were led to the suspects at that apartment building by citizen complaints and by ongoing investigative work. The men occupied multiple units of the small apartment building.

No injuries were reported in the case, police said, nor did any shooting or a chase take place.

Lully said police found drugs at the residence, but declined to disclose either the type or quantity of drugs.


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