Biddeford crack arrests net two Massachusetts men

Posted April 25, 2009, at 11:31 a.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Two Massachusetts men were arrested in Biddeford Thursday on crack cocaine charges, according to Roy McKinney, Director of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and Stephen Borst, Special Agent Supervisor of MDEA’s York County office.

The MDEA has been investigating Heriberto ‘Rico’ Cedeno, 21, of Dorchester after receiving information from several sources that he was importing substantial amounts of crack cocaine to the Biddeford area from greater Boston. After a month-long investigation, that included surveillance and purchases of crack from Cedeno, drug agents and Biddeford Police arrested Cedeno in a parking lot off of Alfred Street (Route 111) in Biddeford Thursday afternoon. At the time of the arrest, Cedeno was in possession of about 40-grams (1.4-ounces) of crack cocaine and $500 in cash.

Cedeno is charged with aggravated unlawful trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Crack Cocaine) and was transported to the York County Jail where he’s being held on $10,000 bail. He was scheduled for arraignment Friday afternoon in Biddeford District Court.

Also charged with aggravated unlawful trafficking of crack cocaine is Carlos Melendez, of Dorchester, Mass., who was released.

Anyone with information on drug trafficking in their community may call the MDEA Task Force office in York at 459-1373, MDEA’s toll free Drug Tip Hotline at 1-800-452-6457 or log on to www.maine.gov/dps/mdea.

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