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Augusta Drug Bust 

Sheriff’s deputies say they’ve broken up a cocaine trafficking operation in Augusta.

Kennebec County deputies executed a search warrant at a room at the Motel 6 in Augusta Friday. They found digital scales, drug paraphernalia and other evidence of drug trafficking inside.

They also found equipment used to cook cocaine into crack and a Jeep that was allegedly used to transport the cocaine from Massachusetts to Maine.

Initially, the suspects were not in the room during the raid. Police say they were on a drug run. The 4 people returned to the room while police were searching and were all arrested.

Police recovered about 250 doses of crack cocaine at the time of the arrests.

The suspects are 43-year-old Richard Mckechnie of Augusta, 21-year-old Danielle Fredette of Farmingdale, 28-year-old Torrie Beggs of Gardiner, and 18-year-old Melanie Neagley of Vassalboro.

All four suspects are charged with aggravated drug trafficking, illegal transportation of cocaine, and conspiracy to traffick cocaine.

They’re all being held at the Kennebec County Jail on a hundred thousand dollars cash bail.

Police say the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, state probation and parole departments and the Augusta police departments were also part of the investigation.

They say stopping an operation this big will make a difference in the flow of illegal drugs into the area.