BIDDEFORD, Maine — Four people have been arrested for allegedly trafficking crack cocaine in Biddeford, the Department of Public Safety announced Thursday.
Crispina Mangual, 33, of Haverhill, Massachusetts; Herman Boyd, 21, and Robert Shand, 21, both of the Bronx, New York; and Elizabeth Farley, 49, of Biddeford were arrested and charged with aggravated crack cocaine trafficking, Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland said.
The charges are aggravated due to the fact the drug activity occurred within 1,000 feet of the St. James School.
Drug agents and Biddeford police have been investigating crack cocaine trafficking from a South Street apartment over the last two months, and agents were able to identify the residence through surveillance and information provided by the public.
A search warrant was executed Wednesday afternoon and Boyd and Shand attempted to flee via a back door while tossing drugs, but were nabbed by officers posted at the rear of the apartment. Farley and Mangual were taken into custody while attempting to flush drugs down the toilet.
Farley had been renting the apartment.
Approximately 20 grams of crack cocaine valued at $1,800 and $900 cash were seized. All four were taken to the York County Jail, where bail was set at $250,000 for Mangual, Boyd and Shand and $50,000 for Farley.