The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency is making it easier for residents to contact them with anonymous tips if they suspect illegal drug activity.

Many investigations that result in putting dealers behind bars and dismantling meth labs start with a single tip to the MDEA. They rely on people reporting any suspicious activity they see.  And MDEA Director Roy McKinney says that Mainers come through, with the agency getting an average of two dozen tips a month.

So now, they've made it even easier to offer up tips anonymously, and even have a conversation with a drug agent. The Maine DEA app, through tip411, is available for download through the Google Play Store, iTunes App Store, or by vising the MDEA website. McKenney says someone dies every day in Maine from a drug overdose. Fighting the war on drugs is a community effort and those tips are invaluable. The new Maine DEA app allows the public to share a tip with drug agents and also allows agents to response back for more information, all as an anonymous two-way conversation.

Maine residents who don't have a smartphone can share information with MDEA via text message. Just text keyword MDEA and the message/tip to 847411. This service is also run through tip411.

Additionally, anonymous tips can be submitted through the agency's website. And, of course, folks can always call the MDEA tips hotline at 800-452-6457. If there's some urgency to the information, contact the Maine Department of Public safety's communications center in Augusta at 800-452-4664.

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