OXFORD — Three people were arrested on a multitude of charges during two traffic stops Thursday on Mechanic Falls Road as part of an investigation led by Maine State Police.

Aided by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Oxford and Norway police departments, Maine State Police conducted traffic stops in an effort to curb criminal activity in the area, said Shannon Moss, public affairs officer for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Authorities first stopped Maurice James, 32, of Portland and Brianna Reeve, 28, of Oxford.

James and Reeve were arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking of fentanyl, aggravated trafficking of cocaine base and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. James, who was on probation for trafficking drugs, was also charged with probation violation. They were subsequently taken to Oxford County Jail.

Police later stopped Tiffany Russell, 30, of Lisbon. Russell had three active warrants for her arrest, said Moss. Russell was arrested on those warrants and charged with unlawful possession of fentanyl, eventually being taken to Androscoggin County Jail.

The search and traffic stops resulted in the seizure of 204 grams of fentanyl, 12 grams of cocaine base, a quantity of methamphetamine, $1,064 of suspected drug proceeds, and a firearm. According to a news release from Moss, police recovered a pistol that was thrown from one of the vehicles.

Following the arrests, state police obtained a search warrant for an Oxford residence, said Moss. Information regarding the owner and the address of the residence is not being released at this time, she said, as the investigation is ongoing.

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