SKOWHEGAN – Three people face multiple charges in an investigation that included a search of an apartment in Skowhegan where stolen guns, fentanyl and other illicit drugs were discovered, the sheriff said Thursday of Somerset County.
Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office, Skowhegan Police and the state Drug Enforcement Agency searched the Greenwood Avenue apartment on Wednesday and found nearly 30 grams of fentanyl, nine grams of a substance believed to be cocaine. as well as hallucinogenic mushrooms and other illicit drugs.
Sheriff Dale Lancaster said in a press release that two rifles and a 12-gauge shotgun were also found in the apartment, in addition to more than $ 1,000 in cash and drug paraphernalia.
The estimated market value of the drug is around $ 5,000, Lancaster said.
The people living in the apartment have been identified as Roger Lloyd Jr., 24, and Dakota Merril, 19.
Lloyd has been charged with aggravated index drug trafficking, illegal possession of index drugs and theft by harboring stolen property. Merril has been charged with aggravated index drug trafficking and illegal possession of index drugs.
Both have court appearances scheduled for March.
“The recovered guns were reported stolen in November 2021 following a burglary at a camp in Embden,” Lancaster said in the statement.
Following the apartment search, detectives questioned Richard Soroka, 42, of Athens, on Thursday about the stolen guns. Soroka was then charged with burglary and theft for “allegedly stealing the guns seized from the Lloyd’s residence,” Lancaster said.
Soroka is due in court in February.
“The drug trafficking charge (for Lloyd and Merril) is high due to the amount of fentanyl seized and the presence of a loaded gun” near the drug, Lancaster said.
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