LEWISTON — A Sabattus man was arrested on drug charges after agents seized more than 300 prescription pills at his home.

Reece Johnson, 24, was charged Thursday with five counts of drug trafficking.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers searched Johnson’s West Ridge Road home and recovered prescription drugs, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, Xanax, Suboxone and Subutex. The pills had a combined street value of up to $11,000.

Agents also seized more than $19,000 in cash that was suspected drug proceeds.

While agents were executing the search warrant, nearly a dozen people arrived at the home, seeking drugs from Johnson. Agents interviewed those prospective customers, according to a news release by Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland.

Johnson was charged with four counts of unlawful trafficking in drugs, a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He also was charged with one count of the misdemeanor crime of violation of condition of release.

He was taken to Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, where he was held in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. An initial court appearance is scheduled for May 19.

The Sabattus Police Department and Maine State Police assisted in the investigation. Maine Drug Enforcement Agency expects to make additional arrests in the case, McCausland said.


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