Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency charged five Aroostook County residents Thursday with trafficking in bath salts and a sixth with selling the painkiller oxycodone, according to a news release by the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The undercover investigation also led to the seizure of 12 pounds of bath salts, worth about $800,000 based on previous prices provided by police. Police also seized $40,000 in cash.

Agents infiltrated the group over the course of months and made a number of purchases, police said.

The MDEA was joined in the investigation by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Fairfield police and Homeland Security Investigations.

The men were being held at Aroostook County Jail in Houlton on $10,000 bail each.

Police arrested Keith Cochran 38, Karter Burtt, 24, and Brandon Mills, 24, all of Mars Hill; and Doil Hayes 33, of Fort Fairfield; Ryan Brewer 21, of Blaine; and Eric Rosten 50, of Presque Isle.


Rosten was charged with selling oxycodone.

Police said more arrests are expected.

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