Sullivan Drug Bust Nets 3 Arrests, Fentanyl, Coke, and a Shotgun
A drug bust in Sullivan resulted in three people being arrested, as well as the seizure of illegal drugs, and a firearm.
Why Were Drug Agents Suspicious of the Sullivan Home?
Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says the arrests were the result of a weeks-long investigation involving the importation of fentanyl and other drugs into Hancock County. Early last month, investigators with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's Down East Task Force began looking into suspected illegal activities from a home in Sullivan. Assisted by members of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, undercover purchases of fentanyl were made from the Morancy Road residence.
On Monday night, at approximately 8:00, MDEA agents, as well as members of the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Maine State Police Tactical Team, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, and the FBI executed a search warrant at the home of Christopher Smith.
What Was Seized in the Search?
Law enforcement officials seized approximately 330 grams of suspected fentanyl, 35 grams of cocaine, $3,700 in suspected drug proceeds, as well as a loaded 12-gauge shotgun from the Morancy Road home. Officials say the estimated street value of the drugs seized is approximately $55,000.
The following men were arrested as a result of this search.
- Steven Maldonado Rodriguez, 27, of South Lawrence, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico - charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs
- Christopher Smith, 41, of Sullivan, Maine - charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs
- Randolph Garland, 58, of Sullivan, Maine. - charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs
All three suspects are being held with no bail allowed.
Who Do I Contact with Information About Illegal Drug Sales?
Anyone with information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in their community is urged to contact the Maine Drug Enforcement Office closest to them, or by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411), or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.