A joint investigation between MDEA’s Aroostook County Task Force and the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, has resulted in the arrest of three individuals from Waterbury, Connecticut, who were attempting to smuggle a large amount of crack cocaine into Aroostook County for resale.
For the past several weeks, MDEA investigators have been working alongside Aroostook Sheriff’s Deputies on an investigation involving a Waterbury, Connecticut drug trafficking organization attempting to establish a presence in Aroostook County in order to distribute crack cocaine and heroin.
Earlier this week, investigators learned that members of this group would be traveling to southern Aroostook County from Connecticut with a large quantity of drugs for redistribution in the county.
The car the group was traveling in was identified yesterday afternoon as it traveled north along I-95 in Penobscot County. The car was subsequently stopped by Aroostook Sheriff’s Deputies and state troopers as it exited the interstate in Sherman, Maine.
The investigation revealed that one of the females in the vehicle had concealed the drugs in a body cavity. The female was taken to a local emergency room where approximately 70 grams of crack cocaine was removed by hospital staff.
The street value of the drugs seized exceeds $10,000.
As a result of this investigation, 32 year old Emilio Gonell-Poventud, 39 year old Katherine Boisvert and 19 year old Michelleliz Pena were arrested and charged with Class “A” Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs.
All were transported to the Aroostook County Jail where bail was set at $10,000 cash on each.
The MDEA says this case highlights the threat posed by out of state drug traffickers who are entering this state in an attempt to establish their illegal trade. The threat is not just confined to urban areas. These traffickers are motivated by the huge profits they are making off the backs of Maine citizens.