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Based on complaints form the neighborhood, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency launched an investigation into the suspected sale of drugs from 193 Congress St.
By David Hench firstname.lastname@example.org
Portland police’s special reaction team executed a search warrant at 193 Congress St. at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, arresting a Brooklyn man on charges of trafficking in crack cocaine.
Based on complaints from the neighborhood, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency launched an investigation into the suspected sale of drugs from that apartment, said Sgt. Kevin Cashman, who heads up the MDEA Cumberland County task force. They received information there might be guns inside the apartment and so called in the special reacton team.
Police charged Joseph McNair, 42, with trafficking in cocaine base and possession of cocaine base after they found crack cocaine hidden in his underwear and some hidden above a ceiling tile in the bathroom, Cashman said. The drugs, seven grams worth about $700, were packaged for sale, Cashman said. Police also found an oxycodone pill with the cocaine, he said. Nobody was hurt during the raid and no guns were found, he said. Additional arrests are expected. McNair, who is 5'11" and 300 pounds, is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $25,000.