Gas station arrests lead to drug seizures

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SCARBOROUGH — Two women face drug and other charges after their arrests Oct. 30 at a Route 1 gas station, according to Police Sgt. John O’Malley.

Tania Margate, 39, of Old Orchard Beach, and 23-year-old Star-Asia Kelley of Brooklyn, N.Y., were arrested around 6 p.m., following an investigation, O’Malley said.

After the arrests, O’Malley said local officers, police from Old Orchard Beach and agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant for a room at Route 1 motel where Kelley was staying.

The search turned up about 12 grams of crack cocaine, five grams of heroin and $2,000 cash. Margate was also allegedly found in possession of about six pieces of crack cocaine and Kelley was allegedly discovered holding four bags of heroin during processing at Cumberland County Jail in Portland, O’Malley said.

Kelly was charged with two counts of felony drug trafficking and felony drug possession. Margate was charged with drug possession, operating after suspension and failure to appear on an outstanding arrest warrant.