Authorities in Maine have busted up a large heroin ring that was supplying about 4,700 bags of heroin a week to a local area.
According to Maine DEA special agent Tony Milligan, over 450 doses of heroin were seized in the operation. The street value on that amount of heroin is roughly $12,000. But authorities believe what was actually seized was just the tip of the iceberg. Milligan commented that about 5 to 10 times the amount that was seized is roughly what is coming into the River Valley area on a weekly basis.
Daniel Garbarini, Rumford police Captain, was surprised how much heroin was found. “In my 16 years at Rumford PD, we’ve intermittently come across heroin in drug investigations we’ve done, but not anywhere near in this quantity,” said Garbarini.
So far, three people have been arrested as a result of the six month long investigation. Daniel W. Richard, 26, Corey L. Edingbourgh, 30, and his girlfriend, Sarah L. Bosworth, 29, were arrested. Authorities expect to make further arrest in the case. All three are being held on $20,000 bail.
Because police had been watching Bosworth and Edingbourgh, they were aware of a possible delivery about to take place. When surveillance caught the couple heading out to make the delivery deputies made the stop. When the vehicle was searched, agents recovered 50 bags of heroin. Also inside the vehicle was the couple’s 7 month old son.
As part of a stop-and-search warrant, DEA conducted a simultaneous search of the couple’s apartment. Agents used a battering ram to enter the apartment. Inside, 340 bags of heroin, a package of marijuana, and $500 in cash were seized.
When police served their search warrant on Daniel Richard’s apartment, they discovered 80 bags of heroin, a small amount of marijuana, and digital scales.
With the combined efforts of the Maine DEA and police force, the heroin operation was shut down before more damage could be done.
Original Article: bangordailynews.com