Title

"City" piece on the Downeaster, the Portland-to-Boston Amtrak rail service, whic

Authors

Chris Busby

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

2-7-2002

Pages

8-9

Abstract

"City" piece on the Downeaster, the Portland-to-Boston Amtrak rail service, which is becoming increasingly popular with drug dealers seeking a safe way to transport heroin and cocaine from Massachusetts to Maine. Sgt. Scott Pelletier, a Portland policeman who works with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, said the nature of rail travel offers drug dealers several advantages. It has no system in place to screen or check baggage, and dealers are meeting and completing their transactions aboard the train, making it more difficult for law enforcement officials to observe and arrest those involved.

Subjects

Drug traffic, Railroads -- Passenger service

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