PENOBSCOT — Authorities have arrested five people and seized “a significant amount of fentanyl, destined for distribution in Bucksport and Hancock County,” police said Monday. The arrests came as the result of a joint investigation initiated by the Bucksport Police Department.

Over the past several months, Bucksport Police have been investigating a group of individuals  in their jurisdiction suspected of distributing significant amounts of fentanyl, the July 18 release said. Last week, Bucksport officers contacted investigators assigned to MDEA’s Downeast Task Force with information that agents and officers used to obtain a search warrant for a camp located on Toddy Pond, along Gus Moore Road in the town of Penobscot.

In the early evening hours of July 13, law enforcement officers executed the warrant. As a result of the search, they found and seized approximately 1.5 pounds of fentanyl and over $30,000 in suspected drug proceeds, along with other evidence of drug trafficking, according to the press release. Three individuals from Bucksport were arrested following that discovery, the release said.

During the investigation, MDEA agents and Bucksport officers were able to identify the suspected source of supply of fentanyl and determined that it was coming to Maine from Massachusetts.

On Friday, July 15, a vehicle from Massachusetts, destined for the group in Bucksport, was stopped along I-95 in Hampden, the release said. Agents obtained a search warrant for the vehicle which resulted in the seizure of an additional half-pound of fentanyl. In total, this investigation resulted in the seizure of 1 kilogram of fentanyl with a suspected street value of over $100,000.

The following have been arrested and charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs (fentanyl):

1.     Christopher Warford, 34, of Bucksport. Bail was set at $50,000 cash by court.

2.     Jamie Ward, 37, of Bucksport. Bail was set at $50,000 cash by court.

3.     Jessica Adams, 35, of Verona Island, who was released on personal recognizance bail from Bucksport PD.

4.     Braile Hernandez Perez, 25, of Methuen, Mass. Bail was set at $50,000 cash by the bail commissioner.

5.     Maykel Antonio Arias Aybar, 28, of Dorchester, Mass. Bail was set at $50,000 cash by bail commissioner.

Warford and Ward were transported to the Hancock County Jail following their arrests July 13. Adams was released by Bucksport police on personal recognizance bail. Perez and Aybar were transported to the Penobscot County Jail following their arrests July 15.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Assisting the Bucksport Police Department and the MDEA in the investigation were the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, the Maine State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. This investigation is continuing, and more arrests are likely, police said.

Anyone who has information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in your community is urged to contact the Maine Drug Enforcement office closest to you or by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411) or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.