BELMONT — More than 150 grams of fentanyl valued at around $25,000 were seized during a search of a Belmont home Aug. 31.

According to a Sept. 1 press release from Shannon Moss, information officer for the Department of Public Safety, agents from Mid-Coast District Task Force conducted several undercover purchases of fentanyl at a home on Back Belmont Road. 

Homeowners Jere and Judy Waterman, 49 and 53, respectively, allowed Raqwan Ryant, 21, of Brooklyn, New York, to use their home to sell the drug. According to Moss, the Watermans recruited customers to come to their home, where they sold fentanyl provided by Ryant. 

Agents executed a search warrant Tuesday at the Waterman residence, where they located and arrested Ryant in a bedroom with a loaded handgun and fentanyl in his pockets. A loaded rifle was found on a bed in the room, along with more fentanyl and approximately $10,000 in suspected proceeds. 

Moss said that because of logistical issues at the jail and no means of fleeing the state, the Watermans were not arrested. Both were charged with trafficking in scheduled drugs, a Class B offense that carries a sentence of up to 10 years in jail and/or up to a $10,000 fine.  The Watermans are scheduled to appear in Waldo County Superior Court Nov. 5.

Ryant was charged with aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs, a Class A offense that carries a sentence of up to 30 years in jail and/or up to a $50,000 fine.

According to Moss, the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office assisted state agents in the investigation