Series of Heroin Overdoses Lead to Arrests

State Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency say three people have been arrested in connection with three heroin overdoses in Washington County taking place within 30 minutes of each other on Friday, April 6th.  Law Enforcement in six other Maine communities have also reported similar overdoses although none have been fatal. 

 At about 4:00 pm troopers from Troop J and detectives from the State Police Major Crime Unit responded to two overdoses in Machiasport and a third in East Machias. The victims were two men and a woman, all in their 30s.  First responders used Narcan to revive the trio and two of them were hospitalized overnight and were released on Saturday.  A fourth overdose in the Hancock County Town of Franklin also took place about two hours after the Washington County incidents and all are suspected to have a connection to the three arrests.  

Troopers began their investigation after the overdoses in Machiasport and East Machias and brought in MDEA agents and the Washington County Sheriff's Office to assist.  Agents obtained a search warrant for a home on the Cutler Road in Machiasport, which the three agencies then searched. Seized from the home were twelve grams of crack cocaine, three grams of suspected heroin and $934 in cash. 

 The resident of the home, 50-year-old Jon Wright, was taken into custody on a previously issued MDEA arrest warrant charging him with Unlawful Trafficking in Heroin.  Also arrested was Leanza Boney, 20, of Harlem, NY, for Unlawful Trafficking in Heroin.  Jesse Michaud, 38, of Machias was also taken into custody for violation of bail conditions. Additional charges are expected to be filed as the criminal investigation continues.  Investigators were also assisted by the Culter Navy Fire Department. 

 The three arrested were taken to the Washington County Jail.