2013-08-07 / Front Page

Stop yields $20,000 in cocaine

BY JT LEONARD Times Record Staff
BRUNSWICK


HECTOR NIEVESMARTINEZ HECTOR NIEVESMARTINEZ Police arrested one man and charged another during an earlym orning drug bust that yielded up to $20,000 worth of cocaine today on U.S. Route 1.

Acting on a motorist’s complaint of a vehicle with Mass- achusetts plates “behaving erratically,” Brunswick patrol Officer Matthew Swan stopped the car near the bike path at 3:17 a.m. today, according to Deputy Chief Marc Hagan.

Swan became suspicious while questioning the men and, during a subsequent search, found 168 grams of cocaine taped to the inner thigh of the car’s front-seat passenger.

Hector Nieves-Martinez, 19, of 153 Belleville Ave., New Bedford, Mass., was charged with aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs. His bail was set at $25,000 and he was taken to Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

The estimated value of the cocaine is $15,000 to $20,000, Hagan said.

The car’s driver, Dana Santos, 23, of 9 Cottage St., New Bedford, was issued a summons and charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

According to the arrest report, Santos also had adhesive tape along his groin area — but no drugs, other than the marijuana, for which he was charged — and recent gunshot wounds.

A third passenger, from Fall River, Mass., was not charged.

“It was a great traffic stop,” Hagan said. “Officer Swan did a very good job reading behavioral signs and other observations during the stop, and building on them.”

Lisbon police brought a drug sniffing dog. Sagadahoc County sheriff ’s deputies also aided in the stop.

jtleonard@timesrecord.com

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