CRYSTAL – Three Rhode Island men are facing charges after drug agents seized more than two pounds of fentanyl in Aroostook County.
Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Commander Darrell Crandall said two cars were stopped on Interstate 95 in Crystal Wednesday and that’s when they recovered the suspected fentanyl.
Pedro Rosario, 60, of Cranston, Rhode Island, 36-year-old Luis Ortiz and Kelvin Mosque, 38, both of Providence, Rhode Island, all were charged with aggravated drug trafficking.
They have been denied bail until their court appearance on Friday.
Crandall said the criminal investigation began in September when Rosario began communicating indirectly with undercover agents.
He said that on Wednesday, one of the suspects met a non-law enforcement public safety vehicle at a Houlton business that they believed to be a police vehicle and tried to flee the area.
Crandall said the conservative street value of the recovered fentanyl is $250,000.