The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested three people Tuesday night and charged them with distributing heroin in Knox, Lincoln and Kennebec counties.

For the past month, agents from the MDEA Mid-Coast and South Central District Task Forces conducted an investigation into the distribution of heroin in the three counties. The investigation revealed that 42-year-old James Millay of Thomaston and 35-year-old Jody Daniello, Thomaston, would travel weekly from Thomaston to China to purchase heroin from 41-year-old Donna Johnson, of China and others. Millay and Daniello would then resell the heroin throughout Knox and Lincoln counties.

On Tuesday night, drug agents and State Police conducted a traffic stop on Route 17 in Jefferson of Millay's and Johnson's vehicle. Seized in the vehicle was 20 grams of heroin, which is equal to 200 doses. Both were arrested and transported to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Later agents searched Johnson's home, located on Fire Road 31 on China Lake and found 39 grams (390 doses) of heroin, a loaded .38 caliber handgun and $5000 of suspected drug proceeds.

Johnson was arrested and also taken to the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Estimated street value of the heroin is $18,000.

Bail was set at $10,000 each and the trio is scheduled to appear in the Wiscasset Unified Court on February 25.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are anticipated.

Assisting MDEA with the investigation and arrests were State Police, and the Knox and Lincoln County Sheriff's Offices. Anyone with information about the illegal sale of drugs is urged to contact the nearest MDEA or call the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.