BANGOR, Maine — Maine and federal drug agents and the Bangor Police Department’s special response team conducted two drug raids Wednesday morning — at neighboring Ohio Street apartments — that resulted in several arrests on cocaine charges, according to Darrell Crandall of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
The names of all the people charged Wednesday were not available, but U.S. District Court documents unsealed earlier in the day state that four people associated with the raided apartments were arrested Wednesday for trafficking in cocaine.
Manuel Trinidad-Acosta, 27, nicknamed “Fish,” and Jacob Garcia, 21, nicknamed “Pinky,” who both live on Ohio Street, are listed as “members of the Dominican drug trafficking organization” that imported and sold “significant quantities of cocaine and cocaine base” in the Bangor area, according to the affidavit filed in federal court by a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Pari Proffitt, 22, of Bangor, who is believed to be Trinidad-Acosta’s girlfriend, and Pauline Rossignol, 52, of Brewer also were arrested, the court documents state.
The affidavit was used to obtain the search warrants authorizing the raid on the two Ohio Street apartments.
DEA and local drug agents were looking for “primarily cocaine” at 100 Ohio St. and 102 Ohio St., said Crandall, the MDEA’s Division II commander, who covers from Kennebec and Somerset counties north.
“There has been a joint MDEA, DEA investigation into drug trafficking based out of those locations for several months,” he said. “The searches of those apartments is part of that investigation.”
MDEA and federal agents and the city’s special response team went to Ohio Street around 10 a.m. Bangor police used a loudspeaker to announce that the area was surrounded and asked for those inside two apartments to leave the buildings, Crandall said.
“Some complied and others did not,” he said. “Tear gas was deployed for those who refused to come out.”
After the tear gas was used, Bangor’s special response team “entered the buildings under the authority of the warrants and other suspects were brought outside who were hiding,” Crandall said. “We’ve arrested several folks.”
“A lot of people came out of the apartments,” Crandall added. “It doesn’t mean they were all charged.”
Ohio Street near Boynton Street was closed to traffic during the raid and a fire engine from the Bangor Fire Department was called in as a precaution after the tear gas was used, he said.
At least two dozen agents and police were on hand for the raid and the work is just beginning for the MDEA and DEA agents, Crandall said.
“The evidence processing phase is going to take a number of hours,” he said.
Cocaine is a drug that “has never really gone away,” the MDEA commander said. “We’ve seen quite a lot of cocaine lately.” But Crandall said he wouldn’t call it a trend.
DEA agents set up several controlled cocaine and crack cocaine purchases that linked the four arrested Wednesday, federal court documents state.
Two of those involved drive cars that have University of Maine vanity license plates.
Rossignol was released at federal court on her own recognisance Wednesday afternoon and Garcia was being held without bail until a bail hearing can be scheduled, according to court documents.
An official at the Penobscot County Jail said none of the four arrested for dealing cocaine was at the Bangor jail.
Information about when Trinidad-Acosta and Proffitt would be in court was not available Wednesday night.
Trinidad-Acosta, Garcia, Proffitt and Rossignol all face at least five years and up to 40 years in prison and a fine of up to $2 million if convicted of trafficking in cocaine or crack cocaine.