Portland police: Cocaine found in unrented apartment during stabbing investigation

Posted Nov. 15, 2012, at 5:22 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police continue to investigate a stabbing that led to a standoff that lasted into the early hours of Thursday morning, Lt. Scott Pelletier said Thursday afternoon.

During the investigation, officers discovered 2 ounces of crack cocaine in an unrented apartment on Magnolia Street.

The 39-year-old stabbing victim, whose name police are withholding, had been transported to a hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.

Pelletier said it wasn’t clear where the victim was at the time of the stabbing, which occurred sometime between 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

“He didn’t know who the attackers were,” Pelletier said.

Police had been dispatched to the scene after the victim was found bleeding on Allen Avenue, and a trail of blood led officers to the Magnolia Street apartment building, a block away from Allen Avenue, Pelletier said.

Several people inside the apartment refused to speak with police, resulting in the department’s Special Reactions team being sent to the scene, Pelletier said.

Police were able to barricade the scene and gain entry to the house, according to Pelletier. When officers entered, they found a first-floor apartment to be vacant while the second-story unit housed five people, the lieutenant said.

They cooperated once police entered and four of them were not charged, but a juvenile male had a warrant out for his arrest and was taken to Longcreek Development Center in South Portland, Pelletier said.

While searching the first-floor apartment, police discovered the 2 ounces of crack cocaine, Pelletier said.

No further arrests have been made, according to Pelletier.

“We still have work to do with the victim in hopes of him [identifying] suspects,” said Pelletier.

Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers are aiding Portland police in the investigation, Pelletier said.

In an unrelated case, Portland police are investigating a separate stabbing that occurred on Danforth Street early Thursday morning.

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said in a news release a 33-year old Portland man suffered a neck laceration after being attacked by another man around 2 a.m.

The victim, whose name is being withheld, was taken to Maine Medical Center for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening, according to Clegg.

Police believe the victim and the suspect know one another and the attack was not random, Clegg said. No arrests have been made.

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