Maine DEA Agents Find Pounds Of Fentanyl Inside Cans Of Food
In a recent story, we learned that one of the reasons Maine has seen so many drug overdoses in recent years is the mixing on fentanyl into batches of other drugs. It is bad news.
Earlier this week, agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency managed to get pounds of the deadly drug off the streets.
According to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety, on Wednesday morning, following a month long investigation, members of the DEA, helped by the Maine State Police tactical team, executed a search warrant on a home on Black Road in Corinth.
During the raid, just under three pounds of fentanyl was seized. The wild part is the fact that most of the drugs were concealed inside cans of beans.
The press release says, in part:
Early Wednesday morning, March 30, 2022, MDEA agents, assisted by the Maine State Police Tactical Team, executed a search warrant on a Black Road home in Corinth, Maine. This search warrant was the result of an MDEA investigation related to the sale of large amounts of Fentanyl brought to the residence by out of state traffickers and distributed throughout Penobscot County.Seized during the search warrant was approximately 2.8 pounds of suspected fentanyl along with approximately $3000 in suspected drug proceeds. Most of the fentanyl seized was located within sealed cans of beans.
Arrested were 33 year old Jefferson De La Cruz-Bonilla of Lawrence (MA), 36 year old Dusty Bickford of Corinth, and 23 year old Jessica Bickford of Corinth.
The trio faces a variety of charges including Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl). The charge is considered aggravated due to the massive amount of drugs seized.
All three were transported to the Penobscot County Jail following their arrests.
Dusty Bickford's bail and Jessica Bickford’s bail were both set at $10,000 cash by a bail commissioner. No bail was set on Jefferson. They will all be arraigned in Bangor.
*NOTE: All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law*