A resident of Greenbush and a foreign national from the Dominican Republic were arrested by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) Tuesday evening in a bust that seized 50 grams of fentanyl and roughly $30,000 in cash, the Maine State Police said Wednesday.
The Maine State Police said in a press release that Cleudy Confesor Carmona Mejia, 34, and Kelcie Curtis, 26, were arrested and are currently incarcerated at the Penobscot County Jail.
Bail was set for Mejia, who police said is from the Dominican Republic, at $50,000, while Curtis, who resides in Greenbush, had bail set at $35,000.
Greenbush, a town of less than 2,000 residents, is 20 miles north of Bangor.
Maine State Police, as part more than a year of investigation, have come to believe an out-of-state drug trafficking organization is responsible for importing and distributing “significant amounts” of fentanyl in northern Maine.
Mejia and Curits, they said, are believed to be part of that organized operation.
“In recent weeks, MDEA investigators learned that members of this group were now operating out of home in rural Greenbush, Maine,” the state police said. “As part of the ensuing investigation, a number of undercover purchases of fentanyl were made from inside the Greenbush home.”
“Last night MDEA investigators, assisted by the Maine State Police Tactical Team, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, the US Drug Enforcement Administration and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), executed a search warrant on the Greenbush home,” they said.
The statement from the Maine State Police did not say where the organization it is investigating is thought to be headquartered.
The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), an intelligence arm of the Boston Police Department, has said for years that organized criminal operations based in the Dominican Republic control illegal heroin and fentanyl trafficking in Massachusetts.
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