MDEA Seizes Over Two Pounds of Heroin; Maine’s Largest Seizure of Heroin; Trafficking in Aroostook County
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says they have seized over two pounds of heroin, in what is believed to be Maine’s largest seizure of the drug.
Under arrest is a Connecticut man ending a several month investigation by MDEA’s Aroostook County Task Force into heroin trafficking in Aroostook County. The heroin was packaged into more than 10,000 individual bags , with a street value of $450,000, said authorities.
During this investigation, which involved the undercover purchase of heroin, investigators determined that James Jamison, 33, of Waterbury, Connecticut has been supplying individuals in Aroostook County with substantial quantities of heroin for resale in Northern Maine.
Officials said, earlier Friday, agents intercepted Jamison in South Portland. As agents attempted to take him into custody in a parking lot off Maine Mall Road in South Portland near the Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Jamison’s car intentionally rammed a MDEA vehicle containing drug agents and fled the area toward Scarborough on Maine Mall Road. South Portland Police attempted to stop Jamison, but he refused and fled the scene. There was no pursuit by law enforcement. Afterwards, Jamison was involved in a multi-vehicle crash on Payne Road at Cummings Road in Scarborough. Jamison then fled that crash site on foot.
After a search by law enforcement of the area, Jamison was taken into custody inside a Scarborough hotel near where he had crashed his car into a delivery truck, said authorities. Assisting in the search for Jamison was the South Portland and Scarborough Police Departments and State Police.
The three MDEA agents, who were in the vehicle Jamison rammed, received minor injury and have been treated and released from Maine Medical Center. Agents said Jamison put his car into reverse and rammed the van the agents were in at a high rate of speed.
Jamison was transported to the Cumberland County Jail and has been charged so far with the following crimes as the result of agents attempting to take him into custody:
- Reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon- Class C Felony
- Aggravated assault- Class B Felony
- Eluding a police officer- Class C Felony
- Driving to Endanger- Class C Felony
- Leaving the scene of a personal injury crash- Class D Bail was set on the above charges at $100,000 cash
Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking in Heroin charges also will be lodged against him by the Aroostook County District Attorney. Jamison will be in Portland court on Tuesday.
Assisting MDEA in the drug investigation was the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Fairfield Police and the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force.