ROCKLAND, Maine — The arrest of four Rockland-area residents has broken up a heroin and oxycodone drug distribution ring in Knox County, police announced Friday.
The arrests occurred last month following a four-month investigation that included drug purchases by undercover agents, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Arrested were Michel Dangelo, 31, of Acton and Waldoboro, who was charged with trafficking oxycodone; Aaron Dennison, 24, of South Thomaston for trafficking oxycodone; Mathew Catalano, 28, of Rockland for trafficking heroin; and Justin Myrick, 22, of Owls Head for trafficking oxycodone.
For four months, drug agents, Rockland police, Knox County deputies and troopers with Maine State Police investigated the import of heroin and oxycodone, a prescription narcotic, into the Rockland area, according to James Pease, MDEA supervisor of the Mid-Coast District Task Force office.
Pease said the investigation focused on Michel Dangelo of Acton and Waldoboro, who was suspected of smuggling quantities of heroin and 30-milligram pills of oxycodone from Massachusetts into Knox County. Several individuals then distributed the drugs in the county.
During surveillance, agents observed that most of the transactions were taking place in public parking lots around Rockland. Agents made undercover purchases from several persons.
Dennison and Catalano were arrested at their residences on May 13, while Dangelo was arrested May 25 at the Rockland Superior Courthouse and Myrick on May 31 during a traffic stop, according to Pease.
The investigation continues with additional charges anticipated.
All four were taken to the Knox County Jail and are now free on bail.