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Undercover investigation leads to 6 arrests in Calais drug bust

Editor's note: This was just released from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available. SCD

Working alongside local, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement partners, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Downeast Task Force has arrested six (6) people in Washington County on felony drug trafficking charges following a two (2) month investigation into the sale of fentanyl and crack cocaine.

Today,  March 17, more than three dozen law enforcement officers from the MDEA, the Maine State Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Indian Township Police Department, the Calais Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, the US Border Patrol and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) participated in enforcement activities following a two month (2) undercover investigation involving the purchase of fentanyl and crack cocaine from a half-dozen individuals in the Indian Township, Calais and Princeton areas. This enforcement activity included an early morning search warrant that was executed by the Maine State Police Tactical Team on the Indian Township residence of Todd Sockabasin.

Seized in the search warrant at Sockabasin’s residence was (17) grams of suspected crack cocaine, $7,400 in suspected drug proceeds, three (3) firearms, including one (1) sawed-off shotgun, and other evidence of drug trafficking.

Arrested thus far in connection with this investigation are:

  1. Todd Sockabasin (40) of Indian Township, Maine charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl and Crack Cocaine). This charge was aggravated due to the presence of a firearm.

  2. Gregory Fuller (41) of Brooklyn, New York charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl and Crack Cocaine). This charge was aggravated due to the presence of a firearm

  3. Ashley Doten (34) of Indian Township, Maine charged with Class B Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl) 

  4. Raven Nicholas (35) of Calais, Maine charged with Class B Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl)

  5. Raymond Neptune (31) of Calais, Maine charged with Class B Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl)

  6. Isaac Collins (24) of Princeton, Maine charged with Class B Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Fentanyl)

 

Police lead Raven Nichols away from the site of a Calais drug bust today, March 17. The bust took place in front of the WQDY radio station. Photo courtesy Lupe Soto

Following their arrests, all were transported to the Washington County jail for booking. 

Also wanted in connection with this investigation is (33) year old Mandy Richter of Indian Township. MDEA has an arrest warrant for Richter charging Class B Trafficking in Schedule W drugs and violation of conditions of release stemming from the fact that she is currently out on bail from a 2021 drug trafficking charge by MDEA. If anyone has information as to her whereabouts, they are encouraged to contact the Indian Township Police Department or the MDEA.

Indian Township Police Chief, Matt Dana says that “The Indian Township Police Department would like to thank all agencies involved in today’s drug enforcement activities. This was a collaborative undertaking and I would like to personally thank all officers and agencies involved for making the Indian Township community a safer place.”

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in your community, you are urged to contact the Maine Drug Enforcement office closest to you or by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411) or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.

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