New York Residents Arrested In Waterville On Drug Charges
Two men from New York are charged with drug trafficking after a significant seizure of fentanyl and cocaine in Waterville.
Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's South Central Task Force received information this week, as part of an ongoing investigation,that 32-year-old Christopher Vargas of the Bronx and 32-year-old Martin Galvin of Mount Vernon, New York had arrived in Waterville with a large amount of drugs. The men were alleged to be in the Elm Street apartment of a third party.
At around 6:00 Tuesday evening, agents and State Troopers with a drug detecting dog stopped a vehicle containing Vargas and the third party on Route 201 in Winslow. A search of the vehicle netted cocaine base, also known as crack, and fentanyl. Vargas was arrested and taken to the Kennebec County Jail. Undercover agents then met with Galvin outside the Waterville apartment and allegedly purchased cocaine base from him. A search of the residence turned up additional cocaine, cocaine base, and fentanyl. In all, agents seized 320 grams of cocaine, 295 grams of cocaine base (crack) and 28 grams of fentanyl, all with a combined street value of more than $65,000.
Both Galvin and Vargas are charged with Aggravated Trafficking in cocaine and fentanyl. Officials say the investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible. Anyone with information about this case or any sale of illegal drugs is encouraged to contact the MDEA by calling 800-452-6457 or anonymously by using MDEA's Tip411 app. Tips can also be submitted by texting 'MDEA' followed by the information to 847411.