A Texas man has been arrested and charged with aggravated drug trafficking as well as being a fugitive from justice following an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine, crack cocaine and heroin in the Greater Portland and Westbrook area, according to a Wednesday press release from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA).
Isaac Mireles, 38, of Richmond, Texas has been charged with one count of aggravated trafficking methamphetamine, fugitive from justice for three outstanding warrants from Texas, possession with the intent to distribute illegal drugs, human trafficking and smuggling of persons, and endangering the welfare of a child.
MDEA agents from the Cumberland District Task Force began an investigation over the past week into illegal drug trafficking after receiving citizen complains of suspicious activity near Riverside Street and Brighton Avenue of Portland and Westbrook.
Agents identified Mireles as an individual selling methamphetamine to local drug users from a motel parking lot where he was staying in Westbrook along with his girlfriend, also from Texas, and her two minor children.
After being granted a search warrant for his motel room, agents seized 200 grams of crystal meth, 90 grams of crack and cocaine powder, 36 grams of heroin, $550 from suspected drug deals, as well as drug packaging materials.
The total street value of the drugs was estimated to be approximately $40,000.
Mireles was arrested without incident and taken to the Cumberland County Jail, where his bail on the drug trafficking charges was set at $500.
He is being held without bail on the fugitive from justice charges, and is expected to make a court appearance today at the Cumberland County Unified Court in Portland.
Mireles arrest is part of a string of major drugs busts throughout Maine in recent weeks.
On Tuesday, the State Police announced that an operation had resulted in the arrests of eight alleged drug offenders.