State drug officials say they have arrested a third New York City man suspected of dealing heroin and crack out of Bangor-area motels, describing it as a sign of the growing problem with out-of-state dealers moving their business to Maine.

Juan A. Rivera, 40, was charged Friday with aggravated trafficking after state drug agents seized nearly 40 grams of heroin, about an ounce of crack cocaine and nearly $10,000 from his motel room, MDEA Commander Peter Arno said in a release.

Arno said the agency got a tip that heroin was being sold out of a room at a local Bangor motel, and officials got a search warrant for Rivera’s room. He was not in the room at the time of the bust because Bangor police took him into custody after stopping him in his car on a traffic violation, Arno said.

Earlier this week, state drug agents charged two other New York City men with drug charges related to suspected dealing in the Bangor area, but Arno said that it does not appear Rivera is connected to those men.

Rivera will make a court appearance in Bangor later Friday, he said.

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