FARMINGDALE — Two men were arrested on charges of drug trafficking after a sheriff’s deputy says he found over 6 pounds of cocaine, enough fentanyl to kill thousands of people and $23,000 in cash inside their Jeep during a traffic stop on Maine Avenue.

David N. Maldonado, 29, of New York, was charged with two counts of the felony-level Class A aggravated trafficking in cocaine and one count of violating conditions of release, a misdemeanor.

Gene L. Northup, 58, of Maine, was charged with the felony-level Class B unlawful trafficking in methamphetamine and misdemeanor unlawful possession of cocaine.

Both men claimed no address in their respective states, according to a Tuesday news release from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. They are being held at the Kennebec County jail in Augusta.

The incident happened Friday night around 8:30 p.m. when Kennebec County deputy Elijah Curtis pulled over a 2010 Jeep that Maldonado and Northup were traveling in on Maine Avenue.

After searching the vehicle, Curtis allegedly found 6.5 pounds of cocaine, 6.2 ounces of fentanyl, 3.3 ounces of suspected fentanyl and 14 grams of methamphetamine. He also found and seized $23,000 in cash.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration considers 2 milligrams of fentanyl to be a lethal dose. There are over 87,500 lethal doses in the 6.2 ounces of powder that police confirmed as fentanyl and another 46,500 lethal doses in the suspected fentanyl police found.

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