The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announces the arrest of a Massachusetts man for distributing heroin throughout the Brunswick and Sagadahoc County area. Arrested is Alex Santiago, 25, of Boston, Massachusetts for Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (Heroin).
For the past month, agents from the MDEA Mid-Coast and Cumberland District Task Force’s conducted an investigation into the increased presence of heroin in Brunswick and Sagadahoc County. The investigation identified a group of Massachusetts men, including Santiago, who were traveling to Maine on a weekly basis with large amounts heroin. The men provided the heroin to local Maine distributors who would then sell the heroin to local heroin users. The Massachusetts men would stay at local hotels collecting the proceeds of the heroin sales, then returning to Massachusetts for more heroin.
On April 30, at approximately 11:30 am, Santiago was arrested in a parking lot on Route 1 in Yarmouth when he arrived to deliver 10 grams of heroin to an undercover agent. Santiago was taken into custody by officers of the Yarmouth Police Department without incident. Seized from Santiago was 10 grams of bulk heroin. Bulk heroin is then commonly diluted and separated into individual doses before sold to a user. The estimated street value of the heroin is $3,000.
Santiago was transported to the Cumberland County Jail where bail was set at $15,000. Santiago was charged with a Class A offense due to having a prior drug trafficking conviction and trafficking in over 6 grams of heroin. The investigation is continuing into this Massachusetts group and additional arrests are expected.
Assisting MDEA in this investigation were officers from the Brunswick, Bath and Yarmouth Police Departments as well as deputies of the Sagadahoc Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Service’s Violent Offenders Task Force.