April 07, 2020
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Three more arrested after police bust massive Aroostook drug ring

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN

Police have arrested the remaining three people said to be members of an Aroostook County drug ring that has been under investigation since late 2017, authorities said.

Josh Easler, 29, and Amber Shaw, 30, were arrested overnight by local police in Presque Isle and state troopers in Caribou, respectively, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland. Maine drug agents assisted in the arrests.

On Wednesday, Bangor police arrested Fernando Vazquez, 41, of Springfield, Massachusetts, McCausland said, a few hours after announcing the arrests of Shaw and Easler.

The trio were the last of 12 people charged as the result of a six-month investigation into drug trafficking in the northern county, McCausland said. Last week, agents arrested nine other people across Aroostook and Kennebec counties. The group is accused of trafficking heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine and methamphetamine.

Easler is accused of selling heroin and being held at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton, McCausland said. Shaw is accused of selling methamphetamine posted bail. Vasquez was charged with selling crack cocaine, McCausland said.

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