4 arrested on drug charges at South Portland motel

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SOUTH PORTLAND — A local man was one of four people arrested by the Southern Maine Regional SWAT team on drug charges Tuesday at a Main Street motel.

Nobody was injured in the action, which a South Portland Police Department press release said was the result of a joint investigation with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the execution of a high-risk search warrant at the Maine Motel, 606 Main St. 

Jorge Torres, 30, of South Portland, was charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin, and a probation violation from a previous drug trafficking charge.

Aaron West, 36, of Westbrook, was charged with robbery, violating conditions of release, and a theft-related arrest warrant.

Freddie Mejias, 51, of Standish, was charged with aggravated trafficking in heroin, aggravated trafficking in cocaine, and possession of heroin.

Misty Gagnon, 33, of Fort Fairfield, was arrested for having theft-related warrants from an outside agency.

Police said one of the suspects left the hotel in a vehicle as the warrant was being executed at about 5:30 p.m. The vehicle was found near 396 Main St., and the driver was taken into custody without incident.

Police said residents of the area may have heard two loud bangs at the beginning of the incident, which was the deployment of noise flash diversionary devices, or “flash bangs.”

The regional SWAT team is comprised of members from the South Portland, Scarborough, and Cape Elizabeth Police Departments. 

Juliette Laaka can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or at jlaaka@theforecaster.net.