BRUNSWICK — Police said a Brunswick man was charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin after more than 500 bags of heroin were found in the car he was in Saturday night.

When George Edward Jones, 39, was being searched at the Cumberland County Jail following his arrest, law enforcement officers found a small amount of crack cocaine and charged him with trafficking in prison contraband.

If convicted on the felony heroin charge, Jones faces up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. The contraband charge, which is also a felony, is punishable by up to 5 years in jail.

According to a statement from Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, Trooper Jodell Wilkinson stopped a 2015 Nissan Versa on outer Pleasant Street in Brunswick as it was getting off Interstate 295 Saturday evening.

Jones was in the rear passenger seat and was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in Cumberland County Court in connection with an operating after habitual offender revocation charge.

With help from a state police canine, Brunswick police and officers from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched the car and found a backpack containing the heroin, along with hypodermic needles and empty wax-paper bags.

The heroin had a estimated street value of over $10,000, police said.

MDEA, along with the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office and Bath and Brunswick police, have been investigating Jones in recent months, suspecting him of importing heroin from out of state and selling it in Bath-Brunswick.

Jones was scheduled to make his first court appearance in Portland on Monday.

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