A Sanford man was arrested for three counts of Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Heroin) with a street value close to $1,500.


Brian Vance, 27-years-old of Sanford was arrested for 3 counts. Class A, Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Heroin/Fentanyl)

For the past three months, MDEA’s York District Task Force, along with the officers of the Sanford Police Department, worked together as part of an on-going state wide effort focused on the distribution of heroin and other opiates. Agents assigned to MDEA’s York District Task Force and Sanford Police have been investigating the distribution of heroin in Sanford by Vance and others associated with him. During the investigation agents were able to make undercover purchases of heroin from Vance.

At approximately 4 pm, Thursday, August 25, agents and Sanford Police attempted to locate Vance in Sanford in order to take him into custody on arrest warrants charging two counts of Class A, Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin/Fentanyl. The arrest warrants were the result of the earlier undercover purchases of heroin from Vance. Vance was located and arrested while walking on Winter Street. A search of Vance at the time of his arrest revealed Vance to be concealing approximately 10 grams of a heroin/fentanyl mix, a loaded handgun, and a boot knife.

Vance was transported to the York County Jail by Sanford Police and charged with the arrest warrants. Bail was set at $50,000 cash. An additional charge of Class A, Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin while armed with a firearm was added as a result of the seizure of the heroin and firearm. Bail on that charge was set at an additional $50,000 cash.

The approximate street value of the seized heroin is $1,500.

The investigation is continuing and others associated with Vance who are distributing heroin have been identified. Additional arrests are expected as the investigation continues.


MDEA Commander Scott Pelletier said , “Maine is experiencing an increase in the number of heroin/fentanyl related overdoses and deaths. This arrest illustrates the dangers posed to our communities and law enforcement personnel and the lengths that those who chose to distribute illegal drugs will take by arming themselves with firearms to protect their profits and drugs.”