Joshua Morin, 32, of Buckfield is taken into custody Wednesday morning at the corner of North Hatch Hill and Sawyer roads in Greene after leading police on a chase through several towns before he crashed into the ditch right. (Sun Journal photo by Russ Dillingham)

GREENE — A Buckfield man, caught after a chase through three counties Wednesday, was arrested on drug charges after police said they recovered more than a kilogram of cocaine and $20,000 in cash.

Joshua Morin, 32, was charged with aggravated drug trafficking and was being held on $100,000 bail Thursday at the Androscoggin County Jail.

Joshua Morin (Oxford County Jail)

After the chase ended in Greene on Wednesday morning, agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched Morin’s car with the help of a drug-sniffing dog. Police said they recovered 1,600 grams of cocaine with a street value estimated at $160,000, along with cash and drug scales.

Investigators from the MDEA and the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office also searched Morin’s home at 9 Hill Rock Circle in Buckfield, according to Oxford County Sheriff Christopher Wainwright.

Police did not disclose what was found inside the home. Morin is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Friday afternoon. Police said he could face additional charges related to the chase, which started in Oxford County and ended in Greene.

Police said they could see Morin throwing items out of his window during the pursuit. The chase ended when the black Nissan sedan driven by Morin slid into a ditch at the corner of Sawyer and North Hatch Hill roads in Greene.

Police said the chase began in Oxford County as a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Morin’s criminal history includes a string of felony convictions, including burglaries, theft, criminal mischief, escape and drug trafficking.

In 2014, Morin was named as a suspect in a ring that trafficked heroin and cocaine in Oxford County. He was ultimately convicted of aggravated drug trafficking and sentenced to three years in prison.

His driving record includes license revocation in 2007 and suspension in 2015.

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