An Aroostook County man is facing trafficking charges after police reportedly uncovered thousands of dollars worth of heroin during a traffic stop in West Gardiner.
Joseph P. Long, 24, of Island Falls, was arrested on aggravated trafficking in schedule W drugs (heroin), a Class A offense.
Long was being held Sunday at the Kennebec County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
State Police Trooper Chris Rogers stopped Long’s car in the northbound lane of Interstate 295 around 9:30 p.m. Friday. Rogers said there was drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the vehicle.
The discovery lead to a search of the vehicle that Rogers said turned up about 10 grams of heroin. Rogers said he found additional bags of heroin Long had hidden on his person.
“The street value of the heroin is $5,000,” Rogers said.
Long is expected to make an initial court appearance Monday.
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