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Police say a New York man arrested in Maine yesterday was allegedly bringing crack cocaine into the state to sell.

Public Safety spokesman said in a press release that Kervin Castillo, age 22 of the Bronx, New York was the subject of an investigation conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's Down East Task Force. Agents have been looking into the importation of crack cocaine and heroin into Hancock County from out of state.

With information gathered during the investigation, drug agents were able to establish that Castillo would be traveling by bus to the Bangor area. Late Thursday afternoon, agents approached Castillo after he got off a Greyhound bus in Hermon. A search found about 41 grams of crack cocaine base with a street value of $6,000.

Castillo is charged with Class B Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs (cocaine base). It's believed he was on his way to Hancock County to distribute the crack.

McCausland says the number of out-of-state drug traffickers coming to areas of rural Maine is increasing at an unprecedented rate. Hancock County Sheriff Scott Kane, who has deputies assigned to MDEA and to this investigation said, "this arrest and seizure represents a growing and troubling trend in Hancock County. Identifying and dismantling drug trafficking organizations in Hancock County is a priority of my administration."

The investigation is continuing and the MDEA says more arrests are possible.