PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announced the arrest a Portland man Wednesday on suspicions of distributing crack cocaine. Officials arrested Ronald Gullikson, 49, his apartment at 144 Ocean Avenue, which Ocean Avenue Elementary borders on two sides.
Over the past week, agents assigned to the Cumberland District Task Force office and Portland Police conducted an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine at the residence. The agents were able to infiltrate the group and secure a search warrant. At about 9:00 p.m. Thursday, agents executed the search warrant with specific safety measures in places. Portland Police Department's Special Reaction Team (SRT) and Negotiators safely secured the apartment prior to agents conducting their search.
Agents had been watching the apartment for a week, undercover officers also bought crack cocaine in the apartment. During the raid agents seized digital scales, cutting agents and packaging materials. Because the apartment building is located so close to the school, police notified school officials before hand. They also waited until any after school activities were done before officers moved in.
'This was really a speedy investigation, one of the reasons it was so speedy is we really put it on the front burner, because of it's proximity to the school,' said Assistant Chief Vernon Malloch.
Agents seized drug trafficking evidence during the search, including digital scales, cutting agents and packaging materials.
Officials arrested Gullikson and transported him to the Cumberland County Jail where bail was set at $5,000. He was also served with two outstanding warrants for failing to pay fines for Operating after Suspension. Bail was set at $1,240 for those charges.
Law enforcement acknolwdges the role the Ocean Avenue community played in the arrest. They said the community's information and cooperation led to the drug bust and they expect to arrest additional people.