BELFAST — Two Massachusetts residents are being held at the Waldo County Correctional Facility after being charged with bringing a kilogram of fentanyl into the region.

Angela L. Tejeda Sanchez, 27, and Eric Nelson Lora Hernandez, 31, both of Lawrence, Mass. were charged with Class A aggravated trafficking in drugs and Class B illegal importation of drugs.

They made their initial court appearance Friday, Aug. 12, via Zoom.

Maine Judge Andrew Robinson set bail at $50,000 cash for each of the suspects despite a plea by both defendants that they had no money and would not be able to raise that kind of cash. Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Baroody had requested bail be set at $100,000, citing the seriousness of the offense and their lack of connection to Maine. The offenses carry a potential maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Neither defendant has a criminal record. An interpreter was used because the two did not speak English. Hernandez asked that the MDEA, which seized his cell phone, provide him with the phone number of a relative so that he could call and inform them where he was.

Baroody said the two were in possession of a kilogram of fentanyl which he said was a staggering amount of the drug. They also were in possession of 28 grams of methamphetamine, the prosecutor said.

The two were brought into the jail at 2 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

An affidavit filed by MDEA with the court states that a cooperating informant who is facing drug charges told the MDEA that a man had been the supplier of the drugs. The informant contacted the man and he agreed to bring a large quantity of drugs to Belfast.

MDEA agents were at the Anderson Street location when the two Massachusetts residents arrived. The drugs were found in the vehicle.