A homeless man was arrested on Riverside Street in Portland Sunday on charges of drug trafficking, refusing to submit to arrest, and assaulting an officer, according to Portland Police.
Portland Police say they received a report of a person refusing to leave the Ramada Plaza hotel at 155 Riverside St. at 1:16 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11.
Upon arrival, the suspect had fled the area, but was tracked down within minutes to a parking area near 242 Riverside St., police said.
According to Portland Police, a physical altercation occurred when trying to take the suspect into custody.
29-year-old Scott Thomas, whom police indicated is “unhoused,” was arrested and charged with Aggravated Trafficking of Scheduled Drugs (W), Refusing to Submit to Arrest and/or Detention, two counts of Assault on a Police Officer.
Police say Thomas was in possession of 27 grams of fentanyl.
Thomas was taken to Cumberland County Jail, where he was subsequently charged with Unlawful Possession of Cocaine Base and Aggravated Drug Trafficking in Prison Contraband.
Portland Police say the additional charges came after “[Thomas] was found to possess 3.6 grams of cocaine base inside him.”
As a result of the physical altercation during the arrest, one officer received treatment at Mercy Hospital for a minor injury.