Police arrest three in Auburn on suspicion of crack cocaine trafficking | News
AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Maine's Department of Public Safety says three people have been arrested and are facing charges of trying to smuggle crack cocaine into Maine.
Maine Drug Enforcement Agents and the Auburn Police stopped a car getting off the Maine Turnpike at the Auburn exit. Agents believed the car was returning from Connecticut with a new shipment of crack.
Agents say they found it.
They seized 72 grams - 2.5 oz. - of crack, valued at $7,500. Agents say some of it was found in a body cavity.
Arrested are Amanda Beth Rodriguez, 27, of Auburn; Markevin Faucette, 39, of Lewiston and Margoliz Julie Velazquez of Hartford, CT. They're being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on $75,000 bail each.
They're due in court on Friday.
Apart from the car, Agent's searched Rodriguez' apartment at 20 Beckett Street in Auburn. Police say they found additional drug related items there.
Lewiston Police and the Violent Crimes Task Force helped with the investigation.
The four agencies have been working for several months on the investigation.
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