SEARSMONT — On Thursday, April 14, at approximately 12:30 p.m., according to a Department of Public Safety statement, Maine State Troopers with Troop D were assisting the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with an attempt to locate 35-year-old Grace Barter of Searsmont.

Barter was believed to be in violation of her conditional release from the Knox County Jail for domestic violence assault with a dangerous weapon and in contact with her 18-month-old daughter, which was a concern to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Troopers gathered information that Barter might be at a residence at 23 Witcher Road in Searsmont. Troopers arrived at the Searsmont address and spoke with Barter’s boyfriend, 39-year-old Dustin Stimpson of Searsport, who stated Barter was inside the residence, according to the press release. Barter refused to come outside, and other units responded. Barter eventually came to the door and was arrested for a Class C felony, violation of conditional release.

Troopers saw Stimpson walk a short distance into the woods, where he appeared to be discretely burying an item into the leaves with his foot. The item he was trying to bury contained approximately 40.5 grams of cocaine with a street value of approximately $8,000. Police say he confessed that the drugs were cocaine and were from out of state.

Due to prior convictions for drug trafficking and the weight of the narcotics, Stimpson was arrested and charged with aggravated furnishing of Schedule W drugs, Class A.  Stimpson and Barter were transported to the Waldo County Jail.  The 18-month-old child is now in the custody of DHHS.