BIDDEFORD — A 60-year-old Biddeford man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling drugs at the Post 1 AMVETS hall on Alfred Street, and within two safe zones, according to police.

Reginald Gilbert Sr. was arrested without incident at Pop’s Tavern on Bacon Street by agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency York District Task Force and Biddeford Police officers, according to information on the Biddeford Police Department’s Facebook page.

According to the posting, Gilbert, who has multiple drug convictions dating as far back as the 1970s, was charged with four counts of aggravated trafficking in a Schedule W drug, a Class A felony.

He faces a maximum period of incarceration of 30 years and a maximum fine of $50,000 for each count.

Gilbert has been under investigation since March, after law enforcement officials received a tip alleging that he was a major supplier of cocaine hydrochloride, or powdered cocaine, in the greater Biddeford area, according to the Facebook post.

During the investigation, MDEA agents purchased cocaine several times from Gilbert at the AMVETS hall, according to police.

The hall is located within 1,000 feet of both the St. James School and J. Richard Martin Community Center.

Biddeford Deputy Police Chief JoAnne Fisk said Gilbert was also selling drugs at Pop’s Tavern and the Eagles Club on Birch Street.

At the time of his arrest, “Gilbert was found in possession of several bags of marijuana that were packaged for sale,” according to the BPD Facebook page. Some cash was also seized.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash, with the condition that Gilbert not enter Pop’s Tavern, the Eagles Club or the AMVETS hall.

As of Tuesday, Gilbert was being held at the York County Jail in Alfred awaiting his first court appearance.

— Staff Writer Dina Mendros can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 324 or [email protected]

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