SOUTH PORTLAND — A city man is in Cumberland County Jail facing criminal charges following an investigation that resulted in the seizure of more than half kilo of cocaine.

Lawz Lepenn, 37, no street address available, was arrested May 2 on charges of aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, possession of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of a firearm, and probation violation. Lepenn was previously convicted of aggravated attempted murder in Massachusetts, Detective Sgt. Christopher Todd said in a news release May 3.

The arrest came after the Southern Maine Regional SWAT team — comprised of members from the South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth Police Departments — executed a search warrant at 8:30 p.m. at 113 MacArthur Circle East at the Redbank Village Apartments. The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation conducted by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Todd said.

According to the release, besides more than a half kilo of cocaine, agents recovered 1.8 grams of cocaine base, several Suboxone strips, a .25 caliber handgun and ammunition, and over $15,000 in cash. Todd said Suboxone, a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence, is commonly sold and traded as a street drug.

As of May 6, Lepenn remained in jail on $15,000 bail.


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