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6 people from Ellsworth and Mt. Desert were arrested yesterday, Jan. 24, and charged with a various drug offenses. The arrests followed a three-month investigation by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

From the MDEA:

Downeast Task Force, with the assigned responsibility of Washington and Hancock Counties, recently opened an investigation into the suspected distribution of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine occurring from residences located at 1261 Main Street in Mount Desert and 6 Kylie’s Way in Ellsworth. This investigation included numerous undercover purchases of illicit drugs from both residences.

As part of this investigation, at approximately 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 24, 2024, search warrants were executed on both the Ellsworth and Mt. Desert homes. As a result of these searches, agents recovered approximately 35 grams of fentanyl, 20 grams of crack cocaine, 200 strips of Suboxone, other diverted pharmaceutical drugs and approximately $9000 in suspected drug proceeds.

Charged thus far as a result of these investigations are the following:

  • Alfred “Alphie” Lanpher, 54, of Mount Desert
  • Justin Bent, 36 of Southwest Harbor
  • Carl Carter, 55, of Mount Desert
  • Ian Jellison, 42 of Southwest Harbor
  • Jeffrey Card, 48, of Ellsworth
  • Shannon Stanley, 37, of Tremont

The MDEA says it is anticipated that all those charged will make an initial court appearance in Hancock County at 1:00 pm Friday, January 26, 2024.

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