The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested three people the night of Tuesday, Jan. 5 and charged them with distributing heroin in Kennebec, Knox, and Lincoln counties.
James Millay, 42, of Thomaston, faces a class A charge of aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs (heroin); Jody Daniello, 35, of Thomaston, a class B charge of trafficking in schedule drugs (heroin), and Donna Johnson, 42, of China, Maine, a class C charge of conspiracy to traffick in schedule drugs (heroin).
For the past month, agents from the MDEA Mid-Coast and South Central District Task Forces have conducted an investigation into the distribution of heroin in the three counties, according to a press release from Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.
The investigation revealed that Millay and Daniello would travel weekly from Thomaston to China to purchase heroin from Johnson and others, according to McCausland. Millay and Daniello would allegedly resell the heroin throughout Knox and Lincoln counties.
Tuesday night, drug agents and Maine State Police stopped Millay and Daniello’s vehicle on Route 17 in Jefferson. Law enforcement seized 20 grams of heroin, which is equal to 200 doses. Both were arrested and transported to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.
Later, agents searched Johnson’s home on Fire Road 31 on China Lake and found 39 grams (390 doses) of heroin, a loaded .38-caliber handgun, and $5,000 of suspected drug proceeds. Johnson was arrested and taken to Two Bridges.
The estimated street value of the heroin is $18,000.
Bail was set at $10,000 each. The trio is scheduled to appear at the Lincoln County Courthouse Feb. 25.
The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, and the Maine State Police assisted MDEA with the investigation and arrests.
The MDEA urges anyone with information about the illegal sale of drugs to call its tip line at 800-452-6457.