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A month long Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigation into illegal drug trafficking in Warren led to the seizure of fentanyl, methamphetamine and a loaded handgun.

Agents also arrested three people on drug trafficking charges to include one individual on a “Stay of Execution of Sentence” for a previous drug trafficking conviction.

Arrested were Denise Richards, 63, of Warren, Marissa Widdecomb, 34, of Union, and Claire Turner, 33, of Warren.

From the Maine Department of Public Safety:

On Wednesday afternoon, April 17, 2024, MDEA agents from the Mid-Coast and South-Central District Task Forces, along with deputies of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at Richards Eastern Road residence. As a result of the search agents seized 30 grams of methamphetamine, 12 grams of fentanyl, and a loaded .380 caliber handgun from residence. Richards, Widdecomb, and Turner, who were all at the residence at the time of the search warrant were arrested without incident and transported to the Knox County Jail. At the time of this investigation, to include undercover drug purchases, Denise Richards was free on a “Stay of Execution of Sentence” after she entered a plea of guilty to Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule Drugs in December of 2023. Richards was subsequently charged with Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule Drugs as part of an investigation into the overdose death of a 42-year-old Rockland woman that occurred in July of 2021 in Rockland. Richards had a prior 2012 conviction for Unlawful Trafficking in Schedule Drugs at the time of this incident. Richards was sentenced on March 28, 2024, in Knox Unified Court to 7 years in prison, all but 5 months suspended, to be followed by 3 years of probation for her December 2023 guilty plea. The court granted a “Stay of Execution of Sentence” until May 10, 2024, when Richards would be required to report to the Knox County Jail to serve her 5-month jail sentence. Additional charges will be reviewed related to Richards violating court conditions set while on her “Stay of Execution of Sentence”.

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