BIDDEFORD, Maine — Two Bronx, N.Y., men were nabbed Thursday afternoon after police were tipped off that a drug deal was going to happen in Biddeford near the Saco town line.
Police pulled over a Ford Focus driven by Patrick Salters, 23, at the corner of Clifford and Miller Avenues, Chief Deputy William King of the York County Sheriff’s Office said.
Despite initially complying with officers’ orders to turn off his car and place his keys on the roof, Salters grabbed the keys as officers approached and started his vehicle, King said.
A Biddeford officer tried to stop Salters from starting the car, but his arms were jammed in the vehicle’s door when the suspect took off, King said.
The officer suffered minor injuries as a result but did not require a trip to the hospital, King said. Officers pursued Salters a short distance onto Miller Avenue, a dead-end street.
The vehicle stopped in a yard, Salters and his two passengers bailed out and attempted to flee on foot, but Salters was eventually captured, while Michael Jones, 21, was caught on Pool Street less than a mile from where Salters was captured, King said. The other passenger was not caught.
During a search of the vehicle, 90 individual packets of heroin with a street value of $4,500 were found, while Jones had $2,000 cash on his possession when searched.
Salters was charged with assault on a police officer, trafficking in heroin and eluding a police officer while Jones is accused of trafficking in heroin and has a New York warrant for a trafficking in dangerous drugs charge, King said.
Both men are being held at the York County Jail.