Puerto Rico Man Accused of Cocaine Sales Out of Bar Harbor Eatery
A native of Puerto Rico is accused of selling cocaine out of the Bar Harbor business where he worked.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency's Downeast Drug Task Force opened an investigation into 26-year-old Mayron Santana Vega in March of this year. Santana Vega was suspected of trafficking cocaine in the Bar Harbor area. When the investigation suggested that he was selling the drugs out of the restaurant where he worked in downtown Bar Harbor, undercover agents arranged to make purchases of cocaine from him.
On Thursday, MDEA agents arrested Santana Vega and charged him with two counts of Class A aggravated trafficking of schedule W drugs. The charge was elevated to aggravated because the restaurant sits within 1,000 feet of a designated 'drug-free safe zone.'
Following his arrest, a search warrant was executed at Santana Vega's residence, which is located on Route 3 in Bar Harbor. Drug agents and members of the Bar Harbor Police Department seized approximately 75 grams of cocaine, about half of which was individually packaged in 1 gram baggies, prepared for resale. Also seized in that search were $6,450.00 in suspected drug proceeds and additional items consistent with drug trafficking.
The estimated street value of the cocaine seized in that search was approximately $7,500.00.
Santana Vega was transported to the Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth, where he's being held without bail until his initial appearance in the Ellsworth Unified Criminal Court today.
Anyone with information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in your community is urged to contact the Maine Drug Enforcement office closest to them, or by texting MDEA to TIP411 (847411), or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.