Alfred traffic stop leads to drug trafficking arrests

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ALFRED — A routine traffic stop for an equipment violation on Biddeford Road last night led to the arrest of two Massachusetts men on drug trafficking charges, the York County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Deputy Frazier, accompanied by his K9 partner Rebel, pulled over the vehicle around 9 p.m. During the stop, Frazier observed signs of criminal activity, which prompted a vehicle search by Rebel.

The K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics, leading to a more thorough search.

While the vehicle was being investigated, the front seat passenger, Layhonel Baez, 27, attempted to flee on foot into nearby woods.

Deputy Johnson, arriving as backup, aided in the capture of Baez.

Authorities discovered approximately 36.7 grams of a fentanyl/methamphetamine compound hidden inside a Chinese food container inside the vehicle.

The driver, Miguel Hernandez, 23, was taken into custody and charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs, a Class A offense, and his bail was set at $10,000.

Baez faces the same drug trafficking charge, in addition to a Class D charge for Refusing to Submit to Arrest or Detention, with his bail set at $15,000.

Both men are from Lawrence, MA.

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