SOUTHWEST HARBOR — The two men arrested here last week on charges of trafficking heroin fled the residence just before drug agents arrived to execute a search warrant.
Ian Jellison, 35, of Southwest Harbor and Andres “P” Martinez, 42, of Hudson, N.H., were arrested June 16. Both men have been charged with Class B trafficking in Schedule W drugs, in this case heroin, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA).
MDEA agents arrived to execute the warrant at 258 Main St. shortly after midnight. Jellison, who was walking back from a store at the time, saw law enforcement vehicles pulling into a nearby staging area and was able to enter the residence and alert Martinez before agents arrived, according to MDEA Supervisory Agent Corey Bagley. Both men fled, triggering a search that included Sgt. Shawn Willey of the Ellsworth Police Department and his police dog, Chase.
Willey and Chase located Martinez hiding in the woods a short distance from the home about half an hour later and took him into custody. He was taken to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, and bail was set at $25,000 cash. As of Tuesday, Martinez remained in custody.
Jellison was arrested at about 4:30 p.m. that afternoon after turning himself in to the MDEA following a conversation agents had with Jellison’s attorney, Bagley said.
Jellison was booked into the Hancock County Jail and later released on $3,000 cash bail.
Both men are scheduled to make their initial appearance in Hancock County Unified Criminal Court on Aug. 12.
An unspecified amount of heroin and about $1,500 in cash were seized during the search of the home. No other drugs or weapons were found, Bagley said.
The Southwest Harbor Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and the Ellsworth Police Department assisted the MDEA at the scene.
The arrests of Jellison and Martinez follow several months of investigation by the MDEA into heroin trafficking in the area. More arrests are likely, Bagley said.
If convicted, Jellison and Martinez face up to 10 years in prison for the Class B crime.
Jellison was one of nine people arrested in January 2005 on a heroin trafficking charge during a weeklong crackdown by MDEA agents on heroin trafficking on Mount Desert Island. According to a previously published report in the Islander, Jellison was charged with three counts of trafficking in the drug. MDEA agents made two undercover purchases of heroin from Jellison and arrested him at Ike’s Point on Echo Lake, where agents found 40 bags of heroin hidden in the dashboard of his vehicle.
He allegedly was at the location to deliver the drugs to a buyer.