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Portland man charged with trafficking drugs

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine Drug agents and Portland Police have arrested a man they say sold drugs from his apartment.

Nicholas Cruz, 26, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking and violating bail. Investigators say information received by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Portland Police led them to believe that Cruz was dealing drugs out of his residence at 276 Presumpscot Street.

The Maine Department of Public Safety says when Cruz's apartment was searched, investigators found 360 Oxycodone pills, three grams of a substance they believe is heroin and a dmall amount of crack cocaine. The drugs have a street value of more than $12,000,

Investigators say during the search, they also discovered four rifles, including an AK-47, a .45 caliber handgun and ammunition. The guns were not loaded at the time of the search.

MDEA Supervisor Kevin Cashman says Wednesday's incident was Cruz's second drug-related arrest in just over two months. He was out on bail after his arrest on August 18, when he was charged with operating after suspension, violating bail, and trafficking in Schedule Z drugs. Investigators say during that arrest Cruz had 90 Xanax pills and $5,972 in cash.

Cruz's four-year-old daughter was in the apartment at the time of the search on Wednesday. Investigators say she was turned over to her mother, who does not live with Cruz.

Cruz was taken to the Cumberland County Jail. He is expected in court on Friday.


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