PORTLAND – Police say they discovered a loaded handgun and a variety of drugs when they investigated a tip about a drug dealer who was free on bail from a domestic violence charge.

Carl Langston, 22, of South Portland, a convicted felon, was arrested Wednesday night. He is due in court this morning on charges of aggravated trafficking in crack and heroin.

Carol Vining, 22, of Cumberland also was arrested on aggravated drug trafficking charges.

Langston and Vining were in a car in the parking lot of Denny’s Restaurant on outer Congress Street when agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Portland and Westbrook police officers surrounded the vehicle. The alleged drug activity had nothing to do with the restaurant, police said.

They seized nearly a half-ounce of crack cocaine, 61 bags of heroin, a small amount of marijuana and $1,600. They also found a loaded .40-caliber handgun in the glove box of the pair’s car, police said.

“Obviously, the gun is alarming as far as finding that in conjunction with the large quantity of drugs,” said MDEA supervising Sgt. Kevin Cashman. “That just escalates everything.

“It’s one less gun in the hands of a bad guy,” he said, referring to the seizure.

Cashman said it is unusual for someone to be selling both crack cocaine and heroin.

Langston is not permitted to have a gun because he is a felon and it was a condition of his bail. He has not been charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Three years ago, Langston was arrested on charges of robbing two separate cab drivers within an hour and a half.

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