June 19, 2018
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Four suspects in Portland-area drug distribution ring arrested

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — Four people were arrested Monday afternoon after a six-month investigation of distribution of heroin and crack cocaine in the Portland area, police said.

Gabriel Williams, 28, Robert Combs, 20, Michael Fleury, 23, all of Brooklyn and Denise Parham, 54, of Portland, are accused of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs, according to Cmrd. Scott Pelletier of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

The charge is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

Williams is also charged with violating conditions of release, Pelletier said, as he was out on bail for a previous drug trafficking charge related to this case.

Drug agents had witnessed a drug transaction occur between Parham and two other individuals, according to Pelletier, and police utilized that information and other tips garnered during the investigation to conduct a search warrant at a Congress Street apartment.

The investigation started when other residents had reported foot traffic and disturbances in the building, Pelletier said. The apartment had been rented by Parham.

Approximately 72 grams of cocaine base, 125 grams of heroin and $2,773 in drug money were seized from the residence, Pelletier said. The street value of the drugs is approximately $30,000.

All four suspects are being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $50,000 bail. More arrests are expected as the case remains under investigation.

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