HERMON, MAINE – Six people have been charged with felony drug trafficking offenses following months of investigation conducted by agents assigned to MDEA’s Down East Task Force in Ellsworth and MDEA’s North Central Task Force in Bangor.
As a result of the investigation, a significant Detroit, MI based drug trafficking organization operating in Hancock and Penobscot County has been disrupted. The group is believed to be responsible for the distribution of large quantities of methamphetamine, fentanyl and crack cocaine throughout Hancock and Penobscot Counties.
In March of this year, MDEA agents in Ellsworth opened an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine, fentanyl, and crack cocaine by individuals in the Ellsworth area. The investigation, which included the undercover purchase of these drugs, resulted in the recent arrest of three men and a woman from Hancock County.
During the investigation, agents learned that individuals arrested would travel, on a weekly basis, to a residence in Hermon, Maine to purchase thousands of dollars of illegal drugs at a time, for redistribution in Hancock County.
Subsequently, agents were able to identify a garage apartment of a house in Hermon, Maine from which the drugs were being trafficked. Further investigation revealed that the apartment was being rented to suspected drug traffickers from the Detroit area.
On Wednesday, July 28th, 2021, MDEA agents and Penobscot Sheriff’s Deputies executed a search warrant on the garage apartment located along Cedar Brook Drive in Hermon. Inside the apartment, officers located two (2) individuals from Ypsilanti, Michigan. As a result of this search and related investigations, agents seized one (1) pound of fentanyl, three-quarters (3/4) of a pound of methamphetamine, (87) grams of crack cocaine, $19,000 in cash, a loaded AK-47 rifle and (2) loaded semi-automatic handguns.
(Note: an additional (3) pounds of white-powder substance which, pending the outcome of laboratory analysis, is believed to be fentanyl)
Charged thus far in connection with this investigation are the following:
• Davon CAMPBELL (25) of Ypsilanti, MI. Charged with Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (fentanyl, methamphetamine, and crack cocaine. The charges were elevated to the most serious class due to the quantity of drugs seized, along with the presence of firearms. Bail was set at $60,000 cash.
• Andre TERRY (33) of Ypsilanti, MI. Charged with Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (fentanyl, methamphetamine, and crack cocaine). The charges were elevated to the most serious class due to the quantity of drugs seized, along with the presence of firearms. Additionally, Terry was charged with the separate offense of violation of conditions of release. At the time of this offense, Terry was out on bail following a March 2021 arrest by MDEA agents after he was found in possession of nearly two (2) pounds of crack cocaine and a handgun. Terry was denied bail due to the fact that he was already out on bail at the time this offense.
• David Conaway (22) of Ellsworth, Maine. Charged with Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (methamphetamine). Charges were aggravated due to the amount of drugs seized.• Jacob Murphy (41) of Surry, Maine. Charged with Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (methamphetamine and heroin). Charges were aggravated due to the amount of drugs seized.
• Robert Mann (42) of Ellsworth, Maine. Charged with Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl, Crack Cocaine, Methamphetamine). The charges were aggravated because Mann was found to be in possession of drugs and a loaded handgun at the time of his arrest.
• Melissa Giuliana (27) of Ellsworth, Maine. Charged with Class B Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Heroin).
Assisting MDEA in this investigation was the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, the Maine State Police, the Ellsworth Police Department, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, the US DEA, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Bangor Police Department.