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Local Drugs Dealers Stopped Heading to Washington County - Jul. 04, 2018

Maine Drug Enforcement Agents have intercepted two shipments of drugs bound for Washington and Hancock counties and made four arrests .

In Brewer along I-395, two Waterville men were charged Friday . The arrests came after drug agents assigned to MDEA's Downeast District Task Force identified a vehicle traveling from Central Maine that likely contained drugs destined for the two counties. Just before noontime, MDEA agents, who had the vehicle under surveillance, requested Brewer and State Police to assist them with stopping the vehicle.  A state police drug detection dog was then used to help locate 35 grams of cocaine base, a few grams of cocaine and more than $3,500 in cash. Agents arrested Kenneth Ortega, 22, and Wayne Sudborough, 45, both of Waterville,  and charged them with trafficking. Both were transported to the Penobscot County Jail. Bail for both men was set at $50,000  each and they remain in custody.


In an unrelated investigation, MDEA agents learned that two women from the Machias area were traveling out of state to pick up drugs that they planned on selling in Washington County.  The women's vehicle was stopped around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, along I- 95 in Newport, with help from State Police. A state police drug detection dog was again brought to the scene and helped agents found 75 grams of heroin and 100 Oxycodone tablets. Arrested are Meredith Hinerman, 38, of Machiasport and Holly Pellon, 51, of Machias, both charged with aggravated trafficking and transported to the Penobscot County Jail. Hinerman's bail is set at $50,000 and Pellon's bail is set at $75,000. Both women remain in custody at this time.


MDEA Commander Darrell Crandall said 86 Mainers died from accidental drug overdoses during the first quarter of this year. In 2017, Maine saw a record 418 overdose deaths.  Crandall said anyone with information on drug crimes is encouraged to contact MDEA’s Tip Line at 800-452-6457.