From staff reports

For the second time in recent weeks, Maine Drug Enforcement agents have seized a significant amount of heroin in Aroostook County.

Agents arrested a man and a woman in Presque Isle on Wednesday and seized $5,000 worth of heroin, according to the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The home of Katie Ramus, 37, of St. John Street, Presque Isle, was searched as part of an ongoing investigation and as a result of her being on probation for an unrelated charge. Also at the house was Norberto Colon, 31, of Brockton, Massachusetts, whom agents learned was out on bail.

MDEA Commander Peter Arno said agents found nearly 13 grams of heroin with a street value of $5,000, both inside the house and in Colon’s car in the driveway. Arno said drug agents suspect Colon brought the heroin to Presque Isle in what agents see as a growing trend of out-of-state drug dealers using Maine homes as a base of operation.

Colon was charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in Schedule W drugs (heroin) and violations of conditions of release. Ramus was charged with Class C possession of Schedule W drugs (heroin) and a probation violation. Both Colon and Ramus were taken to the Aroostook County jail.

Maine probation officers assisted the MDEA Aroostook County Task Force office in Houlton in the investigation, which is continuing and could result in more arrests.

Two weeks ago, $20,000 worth of heroin was seized from a Fort Fairfield house and a Miami man was arrested.

Police urge anyone with information about drug trafficking to contact a local law enforcement agency or the closest MDEA task force office. You may also call MDEA and leave a message on MDEA’s tip line at 1-800- 452-6457.