BANGOR  — State and federal law enforcement agencies say they have broken up a major cocaine ring in Bangor.

Police yesterday arrested several people on cocaine distribution charges in two raids in which tear gas was used to clear apartment buildings.

Federal court documents indicate that two of those arrested are “members of the Dominican drug trafficking organization” that imported and sold “significant quantities of cocaine and cocaine base” in the Bangor area.

Darrell Crandall of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency tells the Bangor Daily News  that the raids were the result of an investigation that lasted several months and included undercover buys from the suspects.