BELFAST, Maine — Three police agencies worked together to charge a Belfast man with Class B trafficking in illegal prescription medication on Tuesday evening, according to Special Agent Jim Pease of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Steven Galati, 45, was stopped by the Belfast Police Department on Route 3 near the Route 1 interchange. Investigating officers seized 24 Vicodin pills from him, which have an estimated street value of about $240. They also found money that drug enforcement agents had recently used to purchase pills from Galati, Pease said.
The special agent said that he suspects the Waldo County grand jury will elevate the charges to Class A trafficking after jurists look at Galati’s record, which includes prior drug trafficking convictions from out of state.
The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.
Galati was arrested and taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast, where his bail was set at $750 cash or $5,000 surety. He remained in police custody on Thursday, a jail official said.