The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) announced Tuesday the arrest of a South Portland man on drug trafficking charges that resulted in the seizure of over two pounds of illegal drugs.
The MDEA said the arrest stemmed from a several month investigation conducted by the Cumberland District Task Force into illegal drug trafficking by 52-year-old Michael McNamara.
During their investigation, undercover agents were able to purchase high quality methamphetamine from McNamara, while he was working as a general manager at Spring Point Tavern in South Portland.
The undercover purchases occurred during the tavern’s business hours.
On Monday evening, South Portland Police stopped McNamara on Cottage Road in South Portland, and he was arrested without incident on an outstanding warrant charging drug trafficking.
A search of McNamara’s Preble Street residence following his arrest resulted in the seizure of over 1.5 pounds of crystal meth, a half pound of cocaine, 1 ounce of crack cocaine — drugs with a total estimated street value of $80,000.
Other unidentified pills, drug paraphernalia, and a 9mm handgun were also discovered and seized.
“The MDEA stands committed to working with all federal, state, county, and local law enforcement partners in order to continue to identify and disrupt drug trafficking organizations who are attempting to distribute illicit drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine in the State of Maine,” the MDEA said in a statement Tuesday.
The agency says that their investigation into these drug trafficking organizations is ongoing, and that “more arrests are likely.”
McNamara faces charges of Aggravated Trafficking methamphetamine, Aggravated Trafficking with a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person, and four counts of Possession of Scheduled Drugs.
He was taken to Cumberland County Jail, where his bail was set at $100,000 cash.