ELLSWORTH — A Bronx, New York man accused of traveling to Maine with the intent to distribute “crack” cocaine was arrested Thursday.
The arrest was made as part of an ongoing investigation into the importation of cocaine and heroin into Hancock County. During the course of the investigation, agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) Down East Task Force learned that a suspect from New York would be travelling to the Bangor area by bus.
Police intercepted Kervin Castillo, 22, after he got off a Greyhound bus in Hermon Thursday afternoon. Police searched Castillo and found approximately 41 grams of cocaine base, known as “crack.” The estimated street value of the drugs seized was $6,000.
Castillo was arrested and charged with Class B trafficking in a schedule W drug. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail following his arrest.
Police say they believe Castillo was on his way to Hancock County to sell the crack.
The number of out-of-state drug traffickers coming to areas of rural Maine is increasing at an unprecedented rate, according to local law enforcement.
“This arrest and seizure represents a growing and troubling trend in Hancock County,” said Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane. “Identifying and dismantling drug trafficking organizations in Hancock County is a priority of my administration.”
The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office assisted the MDEA with the investigation. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible, officials said.
Anyone with information about drug trafficking in their community is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Maine Drug Enforcement task force office closest to them. You may also call the agency’s tip line at 1-800-452-6457.