SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The arrest of a man who rammed a vanload of drug agents led to what’s believed to be the largest seizure of heroin in Maine history, officials said Friday.
James Jamison, 33, of Waterbury, Connecticut, sped away after ramming the van, then crashed into a delivery truck in Scarborough and fled on foot before being apprehended, said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency seized more than 2 pounds of heroin, some from the car and some from the roadside where Jamison tossed it while fleeing. The drug was packaged into more than 10,000 individual bags with a street value of $450,000, officials said.
Jamison, who was arrested inside a Scarborough hotel, was charged with aggravated drug trafficking, along with reckless conduct, aggravated assault, eluding an officer and leaving the scene of a crash, police said.
He was held Friday afternoon on $100,000 cash bail at the Cumberland County Jail, pending his initial court appearance Tuesday. It was not known if he had a lawyer.
Three drug agents received minor injuries when Jamison threw his car into reverse and rammed the law enforcement van in a parking lot, McCausland said. The arrest ended an investigation into heroin trafficking in Aroostook County, he said.