BIDDEFORD — A Biddeford man, who has been living in a local motel, has been arrested on drug trafficking charges.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said 49-year-old John A. Elwell Sr. was arrested Tuesday by Biddeford police and agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Elwell faces charges of aggravated trafficking of marijuana, violating the conditions of his bail on a domestic violence charge, and possession of cocaine.

Authorities said Elwell was living in an apartment at the Thatcher Motel in Biddeford.

Both agencies had received complaints that Elwell had been selling drugs in the city. The trafficking charge was elevated to aggravated because his apartment is located within 1,000 feet of the St. James School.