Marijuana raids lead to five arrests in Washington, Hancock counties

September 20th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

MACHIAS, Maine — Five men in Washington and Hancock counties were arrested this past weekend by agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

After a lengthy investigation, agents executed four search warrants on Friday, Sept. 16, at residences on Ackley Road in Cutler, on Yellow Birch Road in Whiting, on U.S. Route 1 in Whiting, and on Beech Hill Road in Blue Hill, according to Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander.

Charged with cultivation of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana were Robert Boggia, 25, of Blue Hill and Whiting, Craig Young, 26, of Whiting and Ryan Sargent, 25, of Cutler.

Boggia and Sargent also are accused of bail violations. Boggia was on bail for aggravated assault and Sargent for operating under the influence.

All three are scheduled to make initial appearances in Washington County Superior Court in November.

Eleven MDEA agents, four Maine State Police troopers and five Hancock County Sheriff’s Office deputies, with support from officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, carried out the search warrants.

Crandall said the MDEA investigation began some months back after reports that Boggia, then of Blue Hill, and others were growing large quantities of marijuana which were to be harvested and sold. Agents conducted surveillance and were able to determine where the marijuana was being grown and the residences where drugs and other evidence were being stored.

In the raids, agents reportedly seized more than 250 marijuana plants, processed marijuana, more than $15,000 in cash, two handguns and other evidence of marijuana cultivation and

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