Arrest in alleged crack cocaine ring near Portland elementary school

Posted Feb. 27, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
Ronald Gullikson
Courtesy Maine Department of Public Safety
Ronald Gullikson

PORTLAND, Maine — A 49-year-old Portland man was charged Wednesday with trafficking in crack cocaine after drug agents executed a search warrant in an apartment near Ocean Avenue Elementary School.

Ronald Gullikson faces two Class A felony counts of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, according to a release from Maine Drug Enforcement Agency commander Scott Pelletier.

Drug agents and Portland Police Department officers in recent weeks have investigated distribution of crack cocaine from Gullikson’s second-floor apartment at 144 Ocean Ave. At 9 p.m. Wednesday, they executed a search warrant.

The Portland Police Department’s special reaction team and negotiators secured the apartment prior to the search. three people in the apartment, in addition to Gullikson, were detained and later released.

Agents allegedly seized evidence including digital scales, cutting agents and packaging materials.

Gullikson was also served with two outstanding warrants for failure to pay fines for operating after suspension, according to the release. He was taken to Cumberland County Jail and held on total bail of $6,240.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected, according to Pelletier.

No additional information was immediately available Thursday morning.

 

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