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Authorities Seize Over One Pound Of Cocaine 

Police in Waterville announced one of the largest cocaine busts in recent Maine history today. A collaborative effort including the Waterville, Augusta, and Fairfield police along with the Kennebec and Somerset County Sheriff’s Departments, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Maine State Police. Like a lot of drug investigations, this one started with a tip according to Chief Joe Massey of the Waterville Police Department. “And like most information we look at it, we try to prioritize it,” says Chief Massey, “we receive information on a daily basis and sometimes we’re not able to do much with it.”They realized quickly this time they were on to something major. “The information fell together,” Chief Massey says, “the other agencies provided resources, we needed a lot of 24 hour surveillance, those sorts of things. Collected all the information on these two individuals from all those departments and as a result last Friday, we were able to obtain those search warrants and arrest warrants.” Armed with the warrants, authorities moved in on 31-year old Tabitha Waddell and 29-year-old Eric Provost of Augusta. Chief Massey says authorities moved in and made the arrest at the Rite Aid pharmacy on Hospital Street in Augusta. “The traffic stop was made and they were arrested,” says Massey, “of course we found the cocaine, 1.1 pounds of cocaine, and more than $1000 cash inside and of course we seized the van.”Both Waddell and Provost are charged with aggravated trafficking. Roy Mckinney, Director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, says it takes a team effort to make a bust of this size. “Here you have an example and you see this more often than not across the state,” says Mckinney, “we’re working together because no one individual or agency has the resources or the information to have that type of impact.”While they’re all happy with how this turned out, authorities know there’s still more work to be done. “I’m just pleased that we’re able to get that off the street,” says Massey, “I realize that it’s not going to make the drug problem go away. I think we will disrupt it for the time being, but it’s my obligation to do everything we can.”