Drug Busts in Hope 

Three people from Hope have been charged with marijuana trafficking after officials raided two homes this week.Agents from the Maine Drug Enforce agency, along with several branches of local law enforcement conducted a search of 57-year-old Bruce Melanson’s home on Route 17 in Hope on Monday.Officials seized about 20 pounds of marijuana, 14 thousand dollars, A motorcycle and an excavator from the home.Melanson was taken to Knox County Jail, and has since posted bail. Officials conducted a second search of 53-year-old Rebecca Murray’s and 55-year-old Vincent Murray’s home on Martzville Road in Hope.Three pounds of marijuana and seven guns were seized from that home.Agents say the marijuana found in the Murray home was purchased from Melanson.