HAMPDEN, Maine — Maine Drug Enforcement agents late Friday arrested two brothers, who live together in Hampden Trailer Park, with more than 6 ounces of cocaine, Garry Higgins, MDEA supervisory special agent for the Bangor-based North Central Regional Taskforce, said Monday.
Christopher Fillion, 25, and Michael Fillion, 24, were stopped and arrested on March Street in Bangor after agents received a tip from a Bangor police officer that the brothers “were on a drug run,” to Port-land, Higgins said.
The brothers were picked up 11:30 p.m. Friday and both were charged with aggravated Class A trafficking in cocaine.
Police found six balls of cocaine, each wrapped in small plastic bags, in the white Pontiac Sunbird in which the two were traveling, Hig-gins said.
One bag of cocaine was found in a hidden compartment in the center console of the car and the other five were found in the trunk, he said.
“It’s hard to say” why one of the balls was in the front of the car, the MDEA supervisor said.
The bags of cocaine, were “a little smaller than a tennis ball,” but bigger than golf balls, and had a street value of approximately $17,000, Higgins said. He believes the brothers planned to sell the coke in the Bangor area.
Michael Fillion, it was reported, had six OxyContin pills in his sock as he was being processed at Penobscot County Jail. He also was charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs.
“Basically, it all happened pretty quickly,” Higgins said. “We got a tip” from a Bangor Police Depart-ment officer and hours later arrested the Hampden men.
“They were held over the weeknd at the Penobscot County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail each” and had their first appearance in 3rd District Court in Bangor on Monday, Stephen McCausland, Maine State Police spokesman, said in a press release.
A $250 cash bail was established at court and both men were released at court, a jail official said, adding that both men are scheduled to re-turn to court on May 1.
Bangor and Hampden police officers assisted MDEA agents with the drug investigation, Higgins said.
If convicted of the Class A crime, each brother faces a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.