A Mexico, Maine man is facing charges after drug agents seized $35,000 worth of cocaine from his home.

The arrest of 43-year-old Richard Burgess was the result of a month-long investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's Western Task Force, into the illegal distribution of cocaine from a home in Mexico. Over the past few weeks, special agents made undercover purchases of cocaine from Burgess from his Kimball Avenue residence. On Wednesday, drug agents and officers from Mexico, Rumford, and the State Police executed a search warrant at the home. Seized were several grams of cocaine that Burgess had on his person, as well as 400 grams of cocaine powder found in the home, $15,000 in suspected drug proceeds, and 16 firearms. According to the MDEA, several of the firearms were found loaded and hidden around the house. The retail value of the cocaine is $35,000.

Burgess is charged with aggravated trafficking in cocaine and 2 counts of trafficking in cocaine. One count was elevated to 'aggravated' because of the involvement of firearms. He was taken to the Oxford County Jail, where bail was set at $50,000 cash.

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in the state, you're urged to contact the MDEA office closest to you, or by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411), or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.

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