Maine drug agents, Portland police arrest 2

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PORTLAND — Two men face drug trafficking charges after their arrests July 21.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Craig Carrigan, 47, of Portland, and Bobby Forte, 25, of Bronx, New York, were apprehended separately.

Both face Class A charges for unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. Carrigan was allegedly selling cocaine and oxycodone. Forte is allegedly part of a New York group selling heroin in the area, McCausland said.

On the afternoon of July 21, agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and Portland Police Department officers arrested Carrigan at 40 Kidder St. without incident, McCausland said. Seven ounces of cocaine, 246 oxycodone pills, items related to drug trafficking, and $19,000 cash were seized.

The approximate street value of the seized drugs is $25,000; police suspect the cash was netted from drug sales, McCausland said.

Carrigan was taken to Cumberland County Jail, where bail was set at $25,000.

Forte was carrying 18 grams of heroin when arrested on Western Promenade around 9 a.m. July 21, McCausland said. He also has outstanding warrants in New York on weapons and drug trafficking charges. His arrest was also a combined operation of city police and the MDEA.

McCausland said the heroin Forte was allegedly carrying had a street value of $3,000. Agents have been making undercover purchases for several months, he said, and more arrests are expected.

Forte is being held without bail at Cumberland County Jail in Portland as a fugitive from justice. Bail was set at $50,000 for the new drug charge, McCausland said.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.