Auburn Police received a call Wednesday reporting that a man in the area of 21 Center Street was displaying a firearm in his waist band.
The caller provided police with a detailed description of the male suspect and the firearm.
Upon arrival, Auburn Police officers searched the area and found a homeless encampment, where they located a man who matched the caller’s description.
Police identified the suspect as Gabriel Sanchez, 40, with a last known address in Lewiston.
Sanchez has a lengthy criminal history with several felony convictions, according to a Thursday Auburn PD press release, which bars him from legally owning a firearm.
His most recent conviction was for the illegal possession of a firearm in 2022, when he was sentenced to 15 months in prison.
A search warrant for Sanchez’s tent was then drafted and executed by officers.
In the tent, officers found a Canik 9mm handgun, five grams of fentanyl powder, and other narcotic equipment.
Sanchez was arrested and charged with class C Illegal Possession of a Firearm and class C Unlawful Possession of Scheduled “W” Drugs.
In Maine’s criminal statutes, schedule W drugs include cocaine, methamphetamine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and fentanyl powder.
Sanchez was transported to the Androscoggin County Jail where his bail was set at $2,000 cash.
Also arrested at the scene Wednesday was 46-year-old Crystal Murray of Lewiston.
Murray was wanted for failure to appear in court for numerous drug-related offenses, according to Auburn Police.