Two people were arrested this week on heroin charges following a two-month investigation into suspected drug trafficking in Biddeford.

The arrests by Biddeford police and agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency came after a search warrant was served Thursday on two apartments at 10 Mt. Pleasant St., according to Biddeford police.

Dean R. Smail, 46, was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated trafficking in heroin. Lorrisue Johnson, 43, was charged with unlawful possession of heroin.

The charge against Smail was elevated to aggravated because his apartment is within 1,000 feet of Biddeford High School and he allegedly had a loaded 12-gauge shotgun readily available, according to a statement from Biddeford police.

During the search, MDEA agents seized heroin from both apartments, as well as the shotgun, an unloaded rifle, scales and unprescribed pharmaceuticals, according to police.

Smail and Johnson were taken to York County Jail, where they are awaiting initial court appearances. Smail’s bail was set at $10,000. Johnson is being held on $1,000 cash bail.

A Maine State Police canine team and members of the Southern Maine Violent Crime Task Force assisted in the search of the apartments.

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