CLINTON — A Clinton man has been charged with unlawful possession of drugs and other felony-level offenses after authorities found cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine and weapons at his Battle Ridge Road residence, according to officials.

Matthew Raymond Clinton Police Department photo

Matthew Raymond, 33, was arrested earlier this month after a monthslong investigation into his property by the Maine Warden Service and Clinton Police Department, according to a post Saturday to the Police Department’s Facebook page.

Law enforcement officials said they investigated Raymond’s apartment after having received a tip from game wardens about allegedly illegal narcotic activity.

In December, the Maine Warden Services and Clinton Police Department secured a warrant to search Raymond’s residence on an unrelated hunting incident. During the search, officers reportedly found evidence of illegal narcotics operations. Raymond was not home at the time.

Officials obtained a search warrant to conduct a more thorough search of Raymond’s residence, allegedly seizing about 106 grams of cocaine, 545 grams of fentanyl and 6 grams of methamphetamine. Along with the narcotics, officials said they found firearms, knives and cash.

Following the search, officials looked for Raymond for several weeks, but he was able to evade capture.

On Jan. 6, Officer Mike Connors and Sgt. Roger Smith of the Clinton Police Department apprehended Raymond in Benton as he tried to flee, officials said. Officers said they found Raymond with cocaine in his possession. He was also charged by the Maine Warden Service with illegal hunting.

After Raymond was taken to the Kennebec County Correctional Facility in Augusta, he was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, two counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, possession of firearms by a prohibited person, use of drug paraphernalia and violation of condition of release, according to officials.

Raymond was released on bail last week, the amount of which was not available Monday.

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