The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency say three people were arrested Wednesday in a crack cocaine investigation in Knox and Lincoln counties.

The arrests took place in Warren and Waldoboro.

Arrested were:

Derrick PreshaThree (38) of Buffalo, New York for Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Crack Cocaine)

Chamara Cox (31) of Rochester, New York for Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Crack Cocaine)

Kenneth Judkins (32) of Waldoboro for Violation of Conditions of Release and Refusing to Submit to Arrest.

For the past two weeks agents from the MDEA Mid-Coast District Task Force have been investigating the distribution of crack cocaine and heroin in the mid-coast by a group from New York.

Wednesday afternoon, agents arrested Presha and Judkins as Presha was selling crack cocaine to Judkins in a Route 1 parking lot in Warren. As agents took the two men into custody, other agents attempted to arrest Chamara Cox who had driven Presha to the location in her rental car .  Cox refused to get out of the car and sped off with Knox County Deputies and Waldoboro Police chasing the vehicle until it was stopped near Moody’s Diner in Waldoboro where Cox was taken into custody. Along the way, officers observed Cox tossing small bags of crack cocaine along Route 1 as she fled. Waldoboro Police, aided by a Lincoln County drug dog, located the four bags of crack that were thrown out of Cox’s car. An additional four bags of crack were seized from inside the vehicle along with three New York driver’s licenses bearing similar photos to Cox.

Drug agents, assisted by Thomaston Police and Knox deputies, then searched the two motel rooms in Thomaston rented to Presha and Cox.  Seized was 50 grams of bulk crack cocaine, 25 individual doses of crack cocaine, 6 grams of suspected heroin and $3,000 in suspected drug proceeds.  The street value of the seized drugs is $10,000

The trio was transported to the Knox County Jail where bail was set at $50,000 each for Presha and Cox. No bail was set for Judkins as he violated his bail for a prior drug trafficking case in Lincoln County.

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