On the heels of a major announcement indicating that Maine had more deadly fentanyl overdoses in 2021 than any other year on record, the Maine Department of Drug Enforcement has made another major bust.

Seizing enough fentanyl to kill more than a quarter of a million people, the Maine State Police, along with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency worked together on this major bust on Thursday night in Bangor.

According to the DEA, "One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people." Over 1 pound of fentanyl was seized during this Thursday night bust, according to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The press release also stated that officials have been investigating the distribution of the deadly drug coming out of both Hancock and Penobscot counties in Maine. This investigation, which has been ongoing for more than a year, has tracked two women from Lawrence, Massachusetts, and came to a head last night when police intercepted their rental vehicle on Union Street in Bangor.

The Maine Department of Public Safety said that last night, police were able to identify a rental vehicle that was being driven by the women from Massachusetts. Police then conducted a traffic stop and, upon searching the vehicle, were able to seize 1.4 pounds of fentanyl from the vehicle's engine compartment, according to the press release.

In addition, Maine agents seized more than $5,000 in suspected drug proceeds, the department stated the fentanyl alone carries a street value of nearly $100,000.

Shannon Moss went on to say in Friday's release:

"For the past year, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has been investigating a Lawrence, Massachusetts-based drug trafficking organization responsible for the distribution of record amounts of fentanyl throughout Hancock, Somerset, Piscataquis, and Penobscot Counties. In October of 2022, as part of this case, MDEA’s Downeast Task Force identified traffickers in Hancock County who were allegedly being supplied by this group. As part of the Downeast Task Force case, a number of undercover purchases of fentanyl and methamphetamine were conducted from local sources of the drugs."

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