June 23, 2018
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Portland man accused of trafficking oxycodone

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man is facing drug trafficking charges after he was arrested by Maine Drug Enforcement agents and Portland police officers Wednesday.

Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a release that Nicholas Cruz, 26, is facing two counts of aggravated trafficking in oxycodone and violating bail conditions.

MDEA supervisor Kevin Cashman said the arrest came in the wake of information garnered by drug agents and Portland police that Cruz was involved in drug trafficking out of his Presumpscot Street apartment. A subsequent search yielded 360 oxycodone pills that were concealed inside a candy container, along with 3 grams of suspected heroin, a small amount of crack cocaine and more than $5,000 cash. The street value of the drugs is estimated at $12,000.

Numerous weapons, including an AK-47 and Glock .45-caliber handgun, also were seized from Cruz’s home. The guns reportedly were not loaded, but there was ammunition found near them.

Cruz has been in trouble before, as he was out on bail for operating after suspension and trafficking in Schedule Z drugs after he reportedly was found to be in possession of Xanax pills and $5,972 in cash.

Cruz remains at the Cumberland County Jail on Thursday and will make his first court appearance Friday.

Authorities also will call in the Department of Health and Human Services regarding a young girl who was in Cruz’s apartment at the time of the bust.

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