MDEA Finds Almost 3 Pounds of Fentanyl Concealed in Cans of Food
Fentanyl Seized and Three Arrested
The Maine Drug Enforcement’s North Central Task Force arrested three people and seized suspected fentanyl after a month’s long investigation in Corinth, Maine.
A search warrant was executed at a Black Road home in Corinth Wednesday by MDEA agents with assistance from the Maine State Police Tactical Team.
Pounds of Fentanyl in Bean Cans
Approximately 2.8 pounds of suspected fentanyl was seized. Authorities said “most of the fentanyl seized was located within sealed cans of beans.” Also Seized in the search was drug proceeds totaling approximately $3000.
Out of State Trafficking
The investigation focused on large quantities of fentanyl being distributed in Penobscot County. The drugs were brought into the state and residence by traffickers from out of state, said officials.
Three People Arrested
Two people from Corinth and one man from Massachusetts were arrested.
A 23-year-old man from Lawrence, MA and the Dominican Republic was taken into custody. Jefferson De La Cruz-Bonilla was charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl).
A husband and wife were also arrested. Dusty Bickford, 36-years-old from Corinth, was charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl). Jessica Bickford, 33-years-old from Corinth, was charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl).
The amount of fentanyl made the charges aggravated for all three people. They were taken to the Penobscot County jail and booked.
Bail was set at $10,000 for Dusty and Jesica Bickford. Jefferson did not have a bail set. The arraignment will be in Bangor.
Reminder of Charges
Law Enforcement officials said, “Those arrested are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.”
Multiple agencies assisted the MDEA, including the Maine State Police, The Massachusetts State Police, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, and Homeland Security.
Contact the MDEA if you know of illegal drug sales in your area. Call the tip line at 1-800-452-6457 or text MDEA to TIP411 (847411).