PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announces the arrests of four people after a 6 month investigation into the illegal distribution of Heroin and Crack Cocaine throughout the Greater Portland area.
MUGSHOTS: Four arrested for distribution of crack and heroin
Arrested and charged with Class B Unlawful Trafficking in Scheduled Drugs, heroin and crack cocaine were, Gabriel Williams, 28, also known as "Deacon" of NY; Robert A. Combs, 20, of NY; Michael J. Fleury (23) of NY and Denise Parham, 54, of Portland, ME. Williams was also charged with Violating Conditions of Release as he was out on bail for a pending drug trafficking charge related to this investigation.
On October 7, 2013 at approximately 4:00 PM, agents and officers from the Portland Police Department executed a search warrant at 638 Congress Street, apartment 309. The search warrant was the result of an investigation that began approximately 7 months ago when residents of the building and adjacent apartment buildings reported to police a high volume of foot traffic and disturbances in the building. Apartment #309 was identified as the location of the foot traffic and disturbances. The apartment was rented by Parham.
Agents observed a drug transaction take place between Parham and two other people. Utilizing this information along with information obtained over the past 6 months, agents obtained and executed a search warrant for apartment 309. Evidence seized from the apartment included 72 grams of suspected cocaine base, 125 grams of suspected heroin and $2773 in suspected drug proceeds. The approximate street value of the seized drugs is $30,000.
This coordinated effort by local and state law enforcement was successful in part by the cooperation and information provided by the residents and neighbors of 638 Congress Street. Their willingness to report suspicious activities in the neighborhood resulted in the removal of an established drug distribution group
All four suspects were transported to the Cumberland County Jail where bail was set at $50,000 each.
The investigation is ongoing and other arrests are expected.