A Brunswick man was arrested for trafficking heroin Monday afternoon, following a month-long investigation by agents for the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Mid-Coast District Task Force and Sagadahoc Sheriff ’s Department investigators.

Justin Ryan, 42, has been charged with aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs (Heroin), a class A felony.

The task force investigation into illegal distribution of heroin throughout the greater Bath/Brunswick area culminated at about 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2. According to a press release from the MDEA, agents requested a vehicle operated by Ryan to be stopped by Brunswick Police officers on Pleasant Street in Brunswick. Agents had developed information that Ryan was allegedly returning from Massachusetts to Brunswick with a large amount of heroin. Agents located 40 grams of heroin in the center console of Ryan’s vehicle.

He was arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Jail, where bail was set at $25,000. At the time of his arrest, Ryan was out on bail from a 2014 arrest in Massach u – setts where he was charged with heroin possession and trafficking.

After his arrest, agents served a search warrant at Ryan’s Dunning Street apartment in Brunswick. Seized from the apartment were items allegedly indicative of drug trafficking, including scales, packaging materials and $1,300 in suspected drug proceeds. The estimated street value of the seized heroin is $10,000.

Assisting in the investigation and arrest were officers from the Sagadahoc Sheriff ’s Department, and Bath and Brunswick police departments.

For people with information about the illegal sale of drugs in this state, they are urged to contact the closest MDEA office or the MDEA tip-line at (800) 452-6457.

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