Portland man accused of trafficking in crack cocaine

Posted March 11, 2013, at 1:53 p.m.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency displays evidence allegedly seized from car of Nega M. Negash, 39, of Portland, on Friday. Agents allegedly discovered about six ounces of suspected crack cocaine and nearly $2,000 in cash during preliminary searches of Negash's vehicle.
Courtesy of Maine Department of Public Safety
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency displays evidence allegedly seized from car of Nega M. Negash, 39, of Portland, on Friday. Agents allegedly discovered about six ounces of suspected crack cocaine and nearly $2,000 in cash during preliminary searches of Negash's vehicle.
Nega M. Negash
Courtesy of Maine Department of Public Safety
Nega M. Negash

PORTLAND, Maine — A traffic stop Friday led Portland police and drug agents to a significant crack bust and landed a man behind bars, police said.

Nega Negash, 39, was pulled over by Portland police on Congress Street on Friday after failing to stop at a stop sign, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said on Monday.

Authorities suspected Negash had drugs in the vehicle so Portland police brought in a drug-sniffing dog, which indicated the suspect indeed had contraband in the car, according to McCausland.

A bag found by MDEA agents turned up 6 ounces of crack cocaine, along with $1,954 in cash, McCausland said. The crack’s street value is about $16,000.

Negash was brought to Cumberland County Jail and charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs. He is being held on $20,000 bail and was expected to be arraigned later Monday.

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