Gouldsboro Man Charged With Trafficking Heroin, Crack Cocaine
Two people from Hancock County have been arrested following a joint investigation into the distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in Gouldsboro, police said.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s Downeast Task Force and the Gouldsboro Police Department have been investigating the sale of drugs in Gouldsboro for several months, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Thursday. According to McCausland, the investigation included the undercover purchase of heroin.
Wednesday afternoon, agents took Sherman Merchant, 32, of Gouldsboro into custody outside a convenience store in Hancock. His girlfriend, Jade Giger, 30, also of Gouldsboro, was arrested at the store as well. The two were transported to the Hancock County Jail.
Merchant has been charged with trafficking in schedule W drugs and violation of conditions of release. Bail was set at $5,000 cash.
Giger has been charged with possession of schedule W drugs. Her bail has been set at $1,000 cash.
Following the arrests, Merchant’s home on South Gouldsboro Road was searched by the Gouldsboro Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, MDEA and Maine State Police. Approximately 12 grams of heroin, 4 grams of crack cocaine and $3,500 in suspected drug proceeds were seized from the home, McCausland said. The street value of the drugs was approximately $4,000.