A multi-agency months long investigation has led to three arrests and the seizure of a significant amount of cocaine, suspected drug proceeds and firearms.
Arrested were 28-year-old Chase Kane of Bangor and 27-year-old Benjamin Hughes and 30-year-old Hayden Taylor, both of Brewer.
From the Maine State Police:
Three Penobscot County men were arrested Tuesday, November 7, 2023, in connection with a joint drug trafficking investigation being conducted by the United State Postal Inspection Service, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the US Drug Enforcement Administration. This investigation resulted in the seizure of a significant amount of cocaine, suspected drug proceeds and firearms.
Over the past several months, U.S. Postal Inspectors have been working alongside MDEA and USDEA agents assigned to the North Central Task Force in Bangor on an investigation involving
the suspected distribution of significant quantities of cocaine being distributed throughout Penobscot County and elsewhere. During this investigation, investigators identified 28-year-old
Chase Kane of Bangor as a main suspect in this trafficking organization.
Early Tuesday morning, a vehicle being operated by Kane was stopped on I-95 just north of Newport. In the vehicle with Kane at the time of the stop was A subsequent search of Kane’s vehicle resulted in the discovery of over four (4) pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value in excess of $200,000. Both Kane and Hughes were
transported to the Penobscot County Jail where they were charged with Class A, Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (cocaine). This charge was aggravated because of the quantity
of cocaine seized. Additionally, Kane was charged with Violations of Conditions of Release as he was currently on bail for an, un-related, State of Maine offense.
Following the arrest of Kane and Hughes, investigators executed a search warrant at 315 Griffin Road in Bangor. During the search, agents seized more illicit drugs, firearms, and cash. Arrested during the search was 30-year-old Hayden Taylor of Brewer after he was found to be in possession of a backpack containing cocaine, $3000 in suspected drug proceeds and a loaded
semi-automatic handgun. Taylor is a convicted felon and prohibited from carrying firearms. Taylor was subsequently transported to the Penobscot County Jail where he was charged with Class A, Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs and Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person.
All three are currently being held at the Penobscot County Jail and are anticipated to make an initial appearance at the Penobscot County Unified Criminal Court in Bangor later today.