Two New York men accused of leading a drug ring in Maine and Vermont are scheduled to go on trial in October on charges that include conspiracy to distribute narcotics, money laundering and sex trafficking of children.

Gary Delima and Sharif Cargo, who were arrested in Auburn on March 24, 2015, also were involved in dog fighting and credit card fraud, according to documents from a pretrial hearing in federal court in Rutland, Vermont, on Thursday.

“Delima and Cargo ran a criminal organization that was involved in dangerous and pervasive criminal conduct,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Doherty Jr. wrote in a motion to keep the pair behind bars.

“Delima and Cargo paid their runners and rotated men from New York City to the various host residences on a regular basis,” he said. “Similarly, Delima and Cargo paid the New England hosts and rotated host residences on a regular basis.”

When Delima and Cargo were arrested in Auburn in 2015, at a location identified as one of their bases of operation, agents recovered equipment for manufacturing credit cards and also numerous gift cards, Doherty said.

“The investigation into the organization’s credit card fraud and its relationship to drug trafficking is ongoing,” he said.

The trial for Delima and Cargo is scheduled for Oct. 24 in Rutland.

The organization was exposed after an investigation by numerous police officers and federal agents from multiple states, according to Matthew Ekstrom, special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Vermont investigation began in March 2014 and law enforcement identified trafficking of heroin and cocaine base from New York City to Vermont and Maine, Ekstrom wrote in his affidavit.

“(They) sold those controlled substances to local customers and dealers, and then transferred the proceeds back to New York City,” he said.

Ekstrom said the government was authorized to intercept wire and electronic communications from four telephones used by the organization. As a result, the two men were eventually charged with four counts of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, four counts of money laundering, several counts of sex trafficking of children, two counts of interstate transportation for prostitution, and two counts of coercion to engage in prostitution.

On March 19, 2015, a Vermont federal grand jury returned an indictment charging that between March 2014 and March 2015, Delima, Cargo and seven others conspired to distribute heroin and cocaine base.

On Oct. 20, 2015, the grand jury returned a second indictment against Delima, Cargo and four others to expand the dates of the conspiracy to fall 2012 to March 2015 and increased the amount of heroin and cocaine base allegedly sold.

On Nov. 17, 2015, the grand jury returned a third indictment against Delima, Cargo and four others, charging them with sex trafficking and transporting an individual in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution.

On Dec. 8, 2015, the grand jury returned a fourth indictment against Delima, Cargo and four others, expanding the conspiracy to include the distribution of fentanyl and added an allegation that Delima and Cargo’s involvement concerned the distribution of fentanyl resulting in death.

During the investigation and subsequent searches, agents said they found that Delima was significantly involved in organized dog fighting and recovered four pit bulls with signs of abuse, and equipment used to train animals for dog fighting, including several treadmills, according to the government’s detention memo.