Record amount of heroin seized in Sanford drug investigation, officials say

Nearly 4 pounds of heroin were seized in Sanford and two people were arrested on drug trafficking charges in what the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency calls the largest seizure of the drug in Maine history.

Jason Bolduc, 39, of Parsonsfield and Nichole Farrar, 35, of Sanford were arrested Jan. 13 by state and federal drug agents, with assistance from Sanford police and the York County Sheriff’s Office, after police stopped the suspects’ vehicle on Nowell Street in Sanford. Both were charged with unlawful trafficking in a Schedule W drug (heroin/fentanyl). Both remained Monday at the York County Jail on $250,000 bail.

As part of the investigation, MDEA agents assisted U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents on Friday in an operation that led to the seizure of 4.4 pounds of heroin/fentanyl in Massachusetts that was destined for Maine. That investigation is continuing, and additional arrests are expected, the MDEA said Monday.

The combined street value of the seized drugs is more than $1.8 million, the agency said.

Bolduc had been under investigation for four months because he was suspected of selling the drug throughout southern Maine from his home at 27 Franks Place in Parsonsfield, a few hundred feet from Route 153 and the state border with New Hampshire, the MDEA said.

Drug agents and Maine State Police stopped a rental truck that Bolduc was in on Jan. 13 and seized 3.88 pounds of heroin and $2,473 from that vehicle and from Bolduc’s own vehicle parked nearby.

Investigators also searched a storage unit that Bolduc rented in New Hampshire and said they found $177,881 in cash, several handguns and ledgers detailing drug sales.

Maine Public Safety Commissioner John Morris said the heroin seizure was the largest in state history, equivalent to more than 35,000 individual doses.

In July, over 2 pounds of the drug was seized in Scarborough, intended for Aroostook County.

Agents also seized several vehicles and equipment from Bolduc’s house in Parsonsfield, believed to have been purchased with drug proceeds, including a 2012 Ford pickup, 2009 Dodge Challenger, 2006 Dodge Charger, 2016 New Holland tractor, two Polaris ATVs, a car hauler and a dump trailer. The estimated value of the vehicles and equipment is more than $100,000.


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