Hope heroin bust nabs brothers
Hope — An investigation of two brothers suspected of selling and using heroin resulted in their arrest March 13 at their home on Buzzell Hill Road in Hope, said James Pease of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
John Stanton, 23, and Richard Stanton, 27, are both charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin. Bail has been set at $10,000 cash and $25,000 cash respectively.
The charges are enhanced because the residence is within 1,000 feet of Hope Elementary School.
The pair appeared in Sixth District Court March 14, but did not enter pleas because they are facing felony charges. The bail previously set by the bail commissioner will stand and will be reviewable upon appointment of counsel.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Maine Warden's Service executed a search warrant and confiscated 20 grams of heroin worth more than $12,000 on the street, and $2,500 in cash, said Pease. During the investigation, agents learned the source of the heroin was from southern New England.
Richard Stanton is also on federal probation for counterfeiting U.S. currency. During the investigation agents found that the heroin was being brought to Knox County from Massachusetts, said a press release from Pease.
The Attorney General's Office will handle the case.
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