Conn. man arrested in Harrington eight months after MDEA heroin sting

By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff
Posted May 31, 2013, at 4:14 p.m.

HARRINGTON, Maine — A Connecticut man was arrested this week by Maine Drug Enforcement agents and sheriff’s deputies on charges stemming from an alleged heroin sale in 2012.

Michael Berrios-Ortiz, 33, of Hartford, Conn., was charged with unlawful trafficking in heroin, a Class B crime. MDEA claims the suspect sold agents 10 retail-sized bags of heroin in September 2012 during a criminal investigation in Harrington, but that Berrios-Ortiz left the state shortly after the sale, according to a press release.

Agents recently learned that Berrios-Ortiz had returned to the area, and with assistance from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, they located and arrested Berrios-Ortiz without incident on May 28. The suspect was taken to Washington County Jail, where bail was set at $10,000 cash.

Cmdr. Darrell Crandell of the MDEA said the heroin allegedly sold by Berrios-Ortiz amounted to about 1 gram, with a street value of $200.

The trafficking charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Berrios-Ortiz also was wanted in Hancock County on a 2008 charge of failure to appear and a 2013 charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. He was transferred to Hancock County Jail on May 29, and bailed the same day.

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