MDEA Bust Nets Three Arrests and $125,000 in Drugs
Maine Drug Enforcement Agents arrested three people in what they're calling one of the largest crack cocaine seizures in Maine's history.
Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says two pounds of crack were seized in the bust, as well as a substantial amount of heroin, six handguns, and $27,000 in cash. The street value of the drugs is $125,000.
Arrested are Obrian Barrett, age 29 and Todd Milliken, age 35, both from Biddeford, as well as Eric Adams, age 38 of Waterbury, Connecticut. All three are charged with aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs (Heroin-crack), Class A.
The arrests are the result of a year-long investigation involving the MDEA's York District Task Force, the FBI Southern Maine Gang Task Force, and the New England HIDTA (high intensity drug trafficking area) that focused on a large scale heroin and crack cocaine distribution network operating in the greater Biddeford-Saco area. Drug agents say Adams provided heroin and crack cocaine he brought from out of state to Barrett and Milliken, as well as others, that were then sold throughout the area. As part of the investigation, agents conducted undercover purchases of heroin and crack from the three men.
Adams and Milliken were arrested on January 6th in a room at the Hampton Inn in Saco, which was rented to Barrett. At the time of his arrest, Milliken was in possession of a loaded handgun, crack cocaine, and heroin. Agents searched the room and seized approximately 260 grams (520 doses) of crack cocaine, 40 grams (400 doses) of heroin, and $27,000 of suspected drug proceeds. Adams and Milliken were taken to the York County Jail. Bail was set at $150,000 cash for each.
Thursday afternoon, Barrett was arrested by Biddeford Police after the vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped on Boulder Way in that city. He was also taken to York County Jail and his bail set at $150,000.
Agents then searched a storage unit at Atlantic Storage on Route 1 in Arundel. The unit was suspected of being used to process and store large quantities of the drugs. Seized from the storage unit was approximately 800 grams (1,600 doses) of crack cocaine, 52 grams of heroin (520 doses), and 5 handguns.
Also assisting in the investigation were representatives from the U.S. Marshal's Southern Maine Violent Crime Task Force, the Biddeford Police Department's Street Crime Unit, and the Saco and Old Orchard Beach Police Departments.
The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are anticipated. The arrests and seizures are another example of out of state drug distributors transporting large amounts of drugs into Maine and selling them through local dealers. In addition, DEA officials say handguns seized were likely to be distributed to criminal elements in other states.