Ellsworth police, MDEA shut down drug distribution site

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ELLSWORTH — Following a joint operation by local police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, an illegal drug distribution site was dismantled, and a Massachusetts man faces multiple felony charges, authorities announced Tuesday.

The arrest occurred late Monday night after the Ellsworth Police Department and MDEA agents executed a search warrant at the Hawthorn Extended Stay Hotel.

The operation was in response to complaints about suspected drug trafficking activity.

During the raid at approximately 9:30 p.m., law enforcement seized over 180 grams of cocaine base, also known as crack, 16 grams of fentanyl, 15 grams of Xylazine, 3 grams of cocaine, and $566 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales.

Asa Polk, 40, of Boston, was arrested on two counts of Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs and Unlawful Possession of a Schedule W Drug.

Due to the severity of the charges, no bail was set for Polk, who is scheduled for arraignment at Hancock County Court on Tuesday.

The MDEA reiterated its commitment to combating drug trafficking in Maine through collaboration with federal, state, county, and local law enforcement partners.

Authorities encourage anyone with information about illegal drug activity to contact the MDEA or leave an anonymous tip by calling 669-6699.

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