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November 15, 2012

Portland police seize crack cocaine in Magnolia Street standoff

By David Hench
Staff Writer

Police investigating a stabbing seized two ounces of crack cocaine worth about $4,000 from a house on Magnolia Street.

Police were called at about 7 p.m. Wednesday to 55 Allen Avenue for a report of a stabbing. Officers found a 39-year-old Portland man bleeding from cuts and puncture wounds to his face and torso. He was taken to Maine Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The investigation led police to a house on Magnolia Street, a block away from the Allen Avenue apartment, where they determined several people were inside the house. The occupants refused to respond to the officers and the department's Special Reaction Team was mobilized.
Police entered the building and found five people, four of whom were released. One juvenile was arrested on outstanding warrants and taken to Longcreek Youth Development Center in South Portland, police said.

In addition to the crack cocaine, police also seized evidence related to the stabbing.

Portland Police and the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency continue to investigate the incident.

Portland police also are investigating a stabbing, the third in two days, that happened near 200 Danforth St. at 2 a.m. Thursday.

A 33-year-old man was taken to Maine Medical Center for a serious cut to his neck after he was attacked by a person that he knows, police said.

Police say they know the name of the suspect but are not releasing it.

On Wednesday, at 2 a.m., a man walked into a Forest Avenue convenience store saying he had been stabbed. He was treated for nine knife wounds to the back, but police said he was not cooperating with their investigation.

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