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Jessica Hutchins (left),{ }Fred Barlow and Randy Willard (Somerset County Sheriff’s Office)

SKOWHEGAN (WGME) -- Three Mainers were arrested after police say they found $12,000 worth of drugs and an illegal alligator in Skowhegan.

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office says on Monday they had a warrant to search the home and car of 36-year-old Jessica Hutchins.

Deputies say they found Hutchins’ car near the Beverage Mart on North Avenue and the Margaret Chase Elementary School, and allegedly caught her selling crack to a man later identified as Randy Willard, of Oakland.

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Hutchins also had a passenger in her car who was identified as Fred Barlow, of Moscow.

Deputies say they found heroin/fentanyl, crack cocaine and powder cocaine inside the car along with digital scales, cash and other drug paraphernalia.

Deputies then searched Hutchins’s home on Water Street in Skowhegan where they say the found 4.5 grams of crack cocaine and powder cocaine, along with drug packaging material, digital scales, cash, drug paraphernalia, and a live alligator.

The alligator, which is approximately 2 feet long, was turned over to the Maine Warden Service, as it is illegal to possess an alligator in Maine without proper permits.

Deputies say the drugs have a street value of $12,000.

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Hutchins, Barlow, and Willard were all arrested and taken to the Somerset County Jail.

Hutchins was charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, trafficking in scheduled drugs, and operating after suspension.

Her bail was set $10,000 cash.

Barlow was charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, trafficking in scheduled drugs, and violation of conditions of release. At the time of his arrest, Barlow was out on bail for allegedly trafficking in scheduled drugs. Barlow is being held without bail.

Willard was charged with possession of scheduled drugs and violations of conditions of release. At the time of his arrest, deputies say Willard was out on bail for unrelated drug trafficking charges. Willard is being held without bail.

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