The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a trio of people for distributing heroin in three counties Jan. 5 and confiscated a street value of $18,000 worth of the drug.

Charged with selling heroin in Knox, Lincoln and Kennebec counties are James Millay, 42, of Thomaston, Jody Daniello, 35,  of Thomaston, and Donna Johnson, 42, of China, according to a media release from Maine State Police Spokesperson Stephen McCausland.

Millay and Daniello are charged with felony aggravated trafficking in heroin and Johnson faces a charge of felony conspiracy to traffic heroin.

For the past month, agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Mid-Coast and South Central District Task Forces have investigated the distribution of heroin in Knox, Lincoln and Kennebec counties. The investigation revealed that Millay and Daniello would travel weekly from Thomaston to China to purchase heroin from Johnson and others. Millay and Daniello would then resell the heroin throughout Knox and Lincoln counties, according to the release.

The night of Jan. 5, drug agents and state police stopped a vehicle Millay and Daniello were in on Route 17 in Jefferson. Seized in the vehicle was 20 grams of heroin, which is equal to 200 doses. Both were arrested and transported to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Agents then searched Johnson’s home, and found 39 grams (390 doses) of heroin, a loaded .38 caliber handgun and $5,000 in suspected drug proceeds. Johnson was arrested at her home and also taken to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, according to the release.

Bail was set at $10,000 each and the trio are scheduled to appear in the Wiscasset Unified Court Feb. 25.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.

Assisting MDEA with the investigation and arrests were state police, and the Knox and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Offices.

Anyone with information about the illegal sale of drugs is urged to contact the nearest MDEA office or call the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.