June 25, 2018
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Portland man to serve four years for drug trafficking, child endangerment

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland man will serve four years behind bars after pleading guilty Thursday to drug and child endangerment charges in Cumberland County Superior Court.

Nicholas Cruz, 27, was sentenced to a 12-year prison term, with all but four years suspended, to be followed by three years of probation, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Supervisor Kevin Cashman said Friday.

Cruz pleaded guilty to aggravated trafficking in oxycodone, trafficking in oxycodone, trafficking in Xanax and endangering the welfare of a child, he said.

The charges stemmed from a raid last October at Cruz’s home on Presumpscot Street. During the search, state drug agents and Portland police seized 360 oxycodone pills concealed in an M&M’S container, $10,700 in cash, and five guns — four rifles and a Glock .45-caliber handgun. The painkillers had a street value of about $11,000.

The money and guns were forfeited.

Cruz’s 4-year-old daughter, who was present when the search began, was turned over to her mother, who resided elsewhere. The Department of Health and Human Services was contacted, Cashman said.

At the time of the raid, Cruz was out on bail for an Aug. 18, 2011, arrest in Portland, which resulted in charges of operating after suspension, violation of bail and trafficking in Xanax. He was in possession of 90 of the anti-anxiety pills and $5,972 cash at the time, which enabled police to obtain a search warrant for his home, authorities said.

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