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Monday, October 9, 2006

Area man arrested in Maine drug bust

MILFORD

A Milford man is facing charges of drug trafficking in Maine after police searched the vehicle he and another man were riding in during a routine traffic stop.

Luis Paleaz, 54, of Milford and Mark Merchant, 38, of Hopedale were pulled over by police on Friday night for speeding and a broken taillight.

The responding officer became suspicious after the two mens' stories conflicted, and upon searching the vehicle found 46 grams of crack cocaine and half a pound of marijuana, the Sun Journal of Lewsiston reports.

The two men were both charged with felony aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine and the misdemeanor of furnishing marijuana. As of yesterday, both were being held on $2,500 bail in the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.

-- Erica Tochin

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