MDEA agents arrest two on heroin trafficking charges in Washington County

Posted Sept. 14, 2012, at 6:52 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 14, 2012, at 3:18 p.m.

MILBRIDGE, Maine — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested two men Wednesday on felony drug charges as a result of an investigation into alleged heroin trafficking in Washington County.

Charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs — a Class A felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 — were Henry Yadiel Hernandez Quinones, 23, and Jose Ramon Quinones Natal, 44, both of Milbridge and formerly of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said in a new release issued Thursday night.

Crandall said the investigation into the alleged drug trafficking operation is ongoing and that additional arrests are anticipated.

Crandall said the arrests are the result of an investigation that the Milbridge Police Department and the MDEA recently began after receiving reports of heroin trafficking by two men living on Water Street in Milbridge.

During that investigation, MDEA agents purchased heroin from the suspects on more than one occasion. On Wednesday, drug agents, with the assistance of Maine State Police troopers, executed a search warrant at 4 Water St.

Agents seized more than 300 retail bags of heroin, more than 8 grams of bulk heroin, $1,021 in cash and a loaded .380-caliber pistol, Crandall said. He pegged the street value of the heroin seized at about $18,000.

Both men are being held at Washington County Jail.

The Maine Office of the Attorney General is prosecuting this case, Crandall said.

Information on drug crimes may be reported to MDEA at 1-800-0452-6457, via MDEA’s website at www.maine.gov/dps/mdea or through MDEA’s smartphone application for iPhone and Android at MyPD.

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