Alaa Elassar, CNN
A antheral and pistillate were arrested successful Maine pursuing the find of cocaine disguised arsenic a barroom successful their vehicle, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Acting connected accusation received from anonymous sources, agents stopped a conveyance connected Tuesday on I-295 arsenic it entered Gardiner. A drug-sniffing K9 alerted them to the beingness of amerciable drugs successful the vehicle, the MDEA said successful a news release. Inside the trunk, they recovered 4 pounds of cocaine and astir $1,900 successful cash, believed to beryllium proceeds from amerciable cause sales, the bureau added.
Some of the cocaine recovered successful the conveyance was pressed into a artifact and wrapped successful barroom packaging, MDEA Commander Peter Arno told CNN. Coffee grounds were dispersed connected apical of the cocaine successful an effort to propulsion disconnected the scent.
Arno said the cocaine apt entered the state wrapped successful barroom packaging, and that agents volition cheque with different departments to spot if akin seizures person been made successful bid to find its source.
Agents judge the drugs were being transported to Main for organisation successful Kennebec and Somerset Counties. It’s full thoroughfare worth is estimated astatine $200,000.
The suspects were taken to Kennebec County Jail and charged with aggravated trafficking successful a docket W Drug, a Class “A” offense, the MDEA said. If convicted, they could look up to 20 years successful prison, Arno said.
The Winslow Police Department, Maine State Police and Homeland Security Investigations assisted successful the investigation, which the MDEA said is ongoing.
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CNN’s Nadeem Muaddi contributed to this report.