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Drug Counselor Charged in Heroin Trafficking Investigation

OXFORD, Maine - Authorities say a Maine drug abuse counselor is among 15 people who were arrested this week on heroin trafficking charges.

The Sun Journal reports that 54-year-old Gregory Ford of Scarborough was arrested Tuesday after an Oxford County grand jury indicted him and several others on the charges.

Authorities say Ford was arrested in his office at Supervised Community Treatment in Portland. He did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Records show Ford has been a licensed clinical professional counselor since 2008.

Authorities said the two-year Maine Drug Enforcement Agency investigation uncovered that the 15 people charged were responsible for importing and distributing 17.8 pounds of heroin throughout Oxford County. That amount of heroin has a street value of $3.2 million.

The people charged are from Massachusetts, Maine and Tennessee.