An investigation into the importation and sale of illegal drugs in Lincoln County resulted in the arrests of 2 men in Jefferson.

Drug agents became aware of out of state residents who were allegedly bringing the drugs to a home on Martin Road in Jefferson. As part of a six-month long investigation, undercover agents allegedly purchased fentanyl and cocaine from 49-year-old David Beal and 46-year-old Gary Beverage, who live at the Martin Road residence.

At approximately 9:00 Wednesday morning, drug agents and members of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and a Maine State Police Trooper executed a search warrant at 12 Martin Road and arrested both men. Seized in that search were 153 grams of cocaine, 25 grams of fentanyl, $5,600 in suspected drug proceeds, and 3 firearms from Beverage's bedroom. Officials say the house was fortified with wooden barricades at the entrances, as well as security cameras and warning systems to alert residents of intruders and law enforcement.

Beverage was charged with class B trafficking, and class A aggravated trafficking in fentanyl and cocaine. Beal was charged with class A aggravated trafficking in fentanyl and cocaine. Both were transported to Two Bridges Regional Jail, where Beverage was also charged with two additional counts of aggravated trafficking, based on the seizure. His bail was set at $1,500 on the arrest warrant and $2,500 on the additional charges. Beal's bail was set on his warrant at $2,500 cash.

MDEA agents say they have identified the out-of-state sources for the drugs and more arrests are expected.

Anyone with information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in Maine is urged to contact the MDEA office closest to them, or by texting MDEA to Tip411 (847411), or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

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