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Crack worth $16K found in Portland arrest

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Crack worth $16K found in Portland arrest

PORTLAND — A Portland man was arrested Friday for allegedly trafficking in crack cocaine, a spokesman for the state Drug Enforcement Agency said Monday.

Police arrested Nega M. Negash, 39, after the Acura sedan he was in failed to stop at a stop sign on Congress Street near Marston Street. Acting on information from the DEA, police brought a drug-sniffing dog to the scene. The dog indicated that drugs were suspected inside the car.

A search of the car by DEA agents allegedly found a bag with just under six ounces of crack, valued at about $16,000. Agents also found nearly $2,000 in cash.

Negash was charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs (cocaine base), a Class A felony. The charge is aggravated because the amount of the drug found was more than 32 grams, according to DEA.

Agents also seized the Acura and were applying for search warrants to see if there is additional contraband concealed inside the car.

Negash is being held at Cumberland County Jail on $20,000 bail. He was expected to make his first court appearance Monday.