PORTLAND — Police arrested two New York City men on Friday and seized nearly 500 pills of ecstasy, according to a press release from the Public Safety Department.

The two 19-year-old men, Jogonmoy Chowdhury and Faizan Mahmood, were arrested at about 6:30 p.m. in a Riverside Street motel parking lot by Portland Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Police reportedly found large plastic bags of ecstasy, a synthetic drug with amphetamine-like and hallucinogenic properties, concealed in each man’s pants.

Police estimated the street value of the drugs to be $15,000. The arrests are the result of a two-week investigation.

The men were charged with trafficking a schedule W drug and were transported to Cumberland County Jail, where they were being held on $50,000 cash bail each.

As of Tuesday morning, Mahmood had posted bail, but Chowdhury was still in custody.

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