ROCKLAND — A 50-year-old man will appear in court on Dec. 13 after being charged with having more than 400 baggies of the deadly drug fentanyl.

Richard Gioia of the Hancock County town of Franklin was issued a summons on Sept. 27 by Rockland police for Class A aggravated trafficking in fentanyl and a misdemeanor charge of violation of a condition of release. Gioia has pending drug charges in Hancock County and is free on bail.

The Sept. 27 arrest came after officers were called to a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot of the Circle K convenience store on Camden Street. Further investigation by the officers found more than 400 individual packaged baggies of fentanyl.

Rockland Police Officers were assisted by agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, who are continuing the investigation.

Gioia was issued a summons and not arrested because the Knox County Jail has changed its intake policy that limits what people they will accept. The change is to reduce the number of inmates and try to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the jail located in Rockland.

The jail administration announced to law enforcement agencies on Sept. 3 the change in the intake policy. The jail will not accept defendants charged with felony crimes that are not perpetrated against a person. The jail will also not accept defendants charged with misdemeanor offenses, motor vehicle crimes, nor probation violations unless the underlying offense was a felony against a person.

The jail will still accept people charged with felonies perpetrated against another person and people charged with domestic violence crimes.