Brooklyn man arrested at Portland hotel on heroin charges

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PORTLAND — A Brooklyn man police say made frequent trips to Maine to sell heroin was arrested Dec. 10 at a city hotel.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Jomo Cunningham, 22, was arrested at 6 p.m. at the Portland Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St., after a search of his room.

“(Cunningham) routinely stayed at local hotels distributing heroin that he and others brought to Maine,” McCausland said in a press release.

MDEA Agents and members of the Portland Police Department Crime Reduction Unit discovered 60 grams of heroin, with a street value of $8,400, digital scales, packaging materials and some cash from suspected drug sales, McCausland said.

Cunningham was taken to Cumberland County Jail and held on $25,000 bail. McCausland added the arrest was the fourth of the week of New Yorkers charged with selling heroin in the state.

Bronx residents Robert Hines, 28, and Jason Viorla, 30, were arrested on the Maine Turnpike on Dec. 8. Tyrone Sanders, 27, also of the Bronx, was arrested at an apartment in Gardiner on Dec. 9.