Sarah Berthiaume

Sarah Berthiaume

BIDDEFORD — Two Biddeford suspects were arrested by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency on Tuesday and charged with distributing heroin and crack cocaine in the Biddeford area.

According to Maine Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland, agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s York District Task Force and Biddeford Police served a search warrant at 43 Wentworth St. in Biddeford.   

“The search was conducted as part of an investigation where over the past several months agents have made several undercover purchases of crack cocaine and heroin from the apartment, McCausland said.

Patricia Fancuilli,

Patricia Fancuilli,

Sarah Berthiaume, 36, and Patricia Fancuilli, 44, both of 43 Wentworth St. in Biddeford, were arrested.

McCausland said Berthiaume was taken into custody at the apartment on an arrest warrant charging Class B, Unlawful Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs as a result of the undercover drug purchases.

Fancuilli was arrested and charged with two counts of Aggravated Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs after agents seized about 27 grams of crack cocaine and 15 grams of suspected heroin from within the apartment.

Additional items associated with drug trafficking also were seized including cutting agents, grinders used to cut and mix illegal drugs to increase the quantities of the drugs, and $707 cash in suspected drug proceeds, McCausland said.

Both Fancuilli and Berthiaume were taken to the York County Jail without incident.

Berthiaume’s bail was set at $5,000 and Fancuilli’s bail was set at $15,000 cash.

McCausland said that a third person in the apartment, Matthew Nadeau, 34, of Biddeford was identified as having an outstanding Federal Arrest Warrant unrelated to this investigation. He was taken into custody by members of the U.S. Marshals Violent Crime Task Force.

This is the second time in six months that MDEA agents have served search and arrest warrants related to drug trafficking at this residence, McCausland said.

As a result of this investigation, several others have been identified as suspects and additional arrests are forthcoming.

The approximate street value of the seized drugs on Tuesday in Biddeford is $6,400, McCausland said. 

— Executive Editor Ed Pierce can be reached at 282-1535 ext. 326 or by email at [email protected] 

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