By Carol McCracken (Post # 2,181)
“One person was arrested on drug related charges. An additional occupant of the apartment was taken into custody after jumping from the second floor window,” according to a press release issued by the city this afternoon. No significant injuries were reported.
The drug bust occurred on Wednesday, September 24th at 362 Cumberland Avenue in the Bayside section of Portland. The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, supported by the Portland Police Special Reaction Team, executed a drug related search warrant of an apartment at that location.
In addition to Portland Police, MDEA was assisted by a canine team from the Westbrook Police Department and paramedics from Portland and South Portland fire departments. MDEA is continuing its investigation at this location.
This adress in Bayside has been the focus of a month-long investigation into suspected drug activity in the neighborhood. The search warrant was part of an overall police effort to curb criminal activity in the area.
This afternoon two neighbors in the area said that the upper floors of that building are known in the community as centers of drug activity. Around 10:00 pm last night, they heard noises like two flash bombs going off; they assumed an action taken to force occupants out of the building. Many police officers were at the location, an ambulance, crime scene truck and fire truck during much of the evening according to the witnesses.