Mother, son arrested South Portland drug bust
SOUTH PORTLAND — Cocaine and a significant amount of heroin were seized on Oct. 10 during an early morning raid on a Maine Mall-area hotel.
Police Sgt. Steve Webster said in a press release that police received information that suspected drug traffickers were staying at the hotel.
After conducting surveillance and a brief investigation, Webster said police pulled over a cream-colored Hyundai Elantra being operated by the suspected traffickers, a mother and her son from Massachusetts, on Western Avenue near the Portland line and arrested them.
Webster said police obtained a search warrant for the hotel room and reportedly found more than 50 grams of suspected heroin and about an ounce of cocaine, as well as Oxycontin and Oxycodone tablets.
Nearly $10,000 in cash was also found, said Webster, who estimated the street value of the drugs to be about $25,000.
Mattie Brown, 60, of Randolph, Mass., was arrested on a charges of aggravated trafficking in heroin and trafficking in cocaine.
Her son, Robert Brown, 39, of Massachusetts, was arrested on a charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention.
Robert Brown posted bail on Sunday and was released, Webster said. Mattie Brown posted bail on Tuesday.
Webster said police believe that other people had been staying in the hotel room and the investigation is continuing.
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Portland Police Department assisted with the investigation.
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