Two in Southwest Harbor face heroin charges

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, working with local police officers, charged two men in connection with heroin trafficking June 16.

Andres Martinez, 42, of Hudson, N.H., and Ian Jellison, 35, of Southwest Harbor each were arrested on a count of unlawful drug trafficking, said MDEA Commander Peter Arno.

Martinez is being held at the Hancock County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.


Andres Martinez

Jellison has been released. His bail was set at $3,000 cash, according to Arno.

Police seized one gram of heroin, according to a probable cause report for Martinez.

The investigation also netted $1,500, according to Arno.

The investigation was a cooperative effort by MDEA’s Downeast Task Force, the Southwest Harbor Police Department and the Hancock Sheriff’s Office, Arno reported. Ellsworth Police Sgt. Shawn Willey and police dog Chase also helped.

Police executed a search warrant in the early morning hours of June 16 at 258 Main St. in Southwest Harbor.

As agents and officers arrived at the residence, they were able to determine that two men had fled from the house when they saw police arriving, Arno stated.

Willey and Chase were able to locate one of the men hiding in the woods a short distance from the home. That man was identified as Martinez, who also is known as “P,” Arno said. Jellison also allegedly ran from the house and turned himself in later that day to MDEA agents.

A search of the property yielded $1,500 cash, according to Arno.

Both men are scheduled for initial appearances in Hancock County Unified Court on Aug. 12.

This investigation is continuing with more arrests likely, Arno said.

Heroin distribution throughout Hancock County and other regions of Maine continues to pose a significant threat to local communities, the commander said. The MDEA, along with the state, local and county law enforcement agencies, has made these investigations a top priority.

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