Stats on drug trafficking, race don't back up Maine governor

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - - Maine Gov. Paul LePage is sticking by his assertion that out-of-state blacks and Hispanics account for the vast majority of heroin arrests in Maine, but no law enforcement stats come close to backing him up.

LePage has doubled down on comments that critics say strengthen racial stereotypes and tacitly approve of racial profiling.

The FBI data show that blacks accounted for 14 percent of drug arrests in Maine in 2014, the most recent numbers available.

Broken down by type of offense, the data showed that blacks accounted for 35.5 percent of arrests for selling opium-derived drugs including heroin, morphine and cocaine. The FBI doesn't include a category for Hispanics in its statistics.

The pastor at the Green Memorial A.M.E. Church in Portland accuses the governor of "fear-mongering."

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9/5/2016 7:37:27 AM (GMT -4:00)

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