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Sheriff cites numerous recent drug arrests throughout Kennebec County

Sheriff cites numerous recent drug arrests throughout Kennebec County.

BY CRAIG CROSBY

Staff Writer

Several investigations over the past month have led to drug charges against five people in four towns.

The arrests, which date back to Feb. 26 and are not connected, included charges for trafficking in opiates, marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms, said Kennebec County Sheriff Randall Liberty.

“The recent investigations, search warrants and subsequent arrests have been made possible through the hard work of the arresting officers, inter-agency cooperation and information developed from concerned citizens,” Liberty said. “We will continue to aggressively pursue the area drug traffickers and reduce the associated crime.”

The most recent arrest occurred Friday in Randolph when Kennebec County Sheriff’s deputies charged Adam Smith, 27, of Pittston, with drug trafficking and marijuana cultivation.

Smith was released Saturday on $15,000 cash bail, Liberty said. Sheriff’s deputies investigated Smith after seeing what they believed to be a drug deal in the Goggins IGA parking lot in Randolph. Investigating deputies found a large quantity of pills in Smith’s car, Liberty said. Deputies learned the pills were OxyContin.

“A search of the vehicle, and later of his residence, resulted in the seizure of more than 3,100 milligrams of OxyContin with a street value of $3,100, and two pounds of processed marijuana valued at $5,000,” Liberty said.

Deputies also seized nearly $10,000 in cash, he said.

“We continue to see the opiate addiction problem grow in the central Maine area,” Liberty said. “This is another example of people becoming addicted to opiates and dealing to support their habit.”

Other arrests over the last four include:

• Anthony J. Welch, 41, of Sidney, was charged with aggravated cultivating of marijuana and aggravated trafficking March 20 after sheriff’s deputies found an alleged marijuana-growing operation in a hidden room in Welch’s garage on Middle Road, Liberty said. The charges are aggravated due to the proximity of the location to an elementary school. Welch was released on $10,000 bail.

• Toby A. McAffee, 28, of Vassalboro, was charged with trafficking and unlawful drug furnishing March 12 after a search of his Cross Hill Road home turned up a psilocybin mushroom-growing operation, Liberty said. Deputies seized about 14 ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms and about four ounces of marijuana as well as growing and packaging material, Liberty said. McAffee was released on $1,000 bail.

• Frank W. Campbellton, 53, and Katherine Campbellton, 55, both of Augusta, were charged with marijuana cultivation Feb. 26 when a search of their Ward Road home revealed about two pounds of high-grade processed marijuana, growing material, digital scales, packaging material, drug ledgers and $1,200, Liberty said. Both were later released on bail.

Craig Crosby — 623-3811, ext. 433

ccrosby@centralmaine.com

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