Two Sanford men who are accused of smuggling heroin and crack cocaine from out of state to sell in Sanford and elsewhere in York County have been arrested after a three-month investigation.
Tommy Lord, 32, and Todd Blanchette, 47, were arrested Friday after police stopped the vehicle they were traveling in on Route 109 in Wells and found 88 grams of crack cocaine, 18 grams of heroin and 96 doses of oxycodone, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announced Monday.
The heroin, crack cocaine and oxycodone have a total street value of about $14,500, the MDEA said in a news release.
Lord and Blanchette were each charged with a felony count of aggravated drug trafficking, punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
Police also seized a Maine welfare benefit card from Lord, with a personal identification number, or PIN, written on the back. The card was not in Lord’s name and investigators are working to learn how he got it, police said.
As part of the investigation, MDEA agents searched two homes in Sanford that they believe were connected with distribution of heroin in the area. Agents seized various prescription drugs and other evidence of drug trafficking, the news release said.
“Over the past three months, agents from the MDEA York District Task Force have been conducting an investigation into the increased presence of heroin in Sanford,” said MDEA Cmdr. Peter Arno in a written statement. “Through this investigation, investigators determined that Tommy Lord was making frequent trips out of state and returning to Maine with relatively significant amounts of heroin and other drugs for resale.”
Lord and Blanchette were brought to the York County Jail in Alfred, where they were held over the weekend on $50,000 bail.
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