MDEA, Bangor police seize $50,000 worth of crack cocaine, handgun

Posted Nov. 04, 2011, at 3:56 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 04, 2011, at 6:57 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Bangor Police Department’s special response team raided a Garland Street apartment late Thursday and seized a pound of crack cocaine and a handgun, the MDEA said Friday.

The teams executed a search warrant about 11 p.m. Thursday at the apartment. The raid was connected with the cocaine bust earlier this week on Ohio Street in Bangor. No one was in the apartment at the time, the MDEA said in a press release.

Inside the apartment, agents found a safe containing more than a pound of crack cocaine — worth about $50,000 — a Ruger 9 mm handgun and three magazines of ammunition.

“It is still quite rare to find pound quantities of cocaine in the State of Maine,” the press release stated. “This seizure speaks to the magnitude of the criminal activity being carried out by those involved.”

Investigators did not release the names of those connected with the apartment.

The fact that police found a firearm means the charges that follow could be stiffer, the press release said.

Additionally, Darrell Crandall of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency confirmed Friday that two people linked to the cocaine ring have been taken into custody on federal warrants.

Ohio Street resident Manuel Trinidad-Acosta, 27, nicknamed “Fish,” and Pari Proffitt, 22, of Bangor face charges of trafficking in cocaine. Trinidad-Acosta is listed as a member 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.

Proffitt is believed to be Trinidad-Acosta’s girlfriend.

Trinidad-Acosta and Proffitt 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.

The MDEA said the investigation is continuing as agents look for three more suspects connected to this week’s crackdown.

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