Lewiston man arrested for drug trafficking after trespassing complaint

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LEWISTON — A routine response to a trespassing complaint early Saturday morning led to a significant drug bust by Lewiston Police Department, with assistance from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

Patrol officers were dispatched to 282 Lisbon St. on April 1 after receiving a report of criminal trespass.

Upon arrival, they encountered Kamal Mohamed Haji Ali, 26, of Lewiston in a common area of the building where he was not authorized to be.

The subsequent investigation resulted in the discovery of 82.8 grams of cocaine base, commonly known as “crack cocaine,” and $547 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug sales.

Ali was arrested and faces several charges, including aggravated trafficking of scheduled drugs, a Class B offense.

Additionally, Ali has been charged with criminal trespass and failure to provide a name and date of birth, both Class E misdemeanors.

He is also subject to criminal forfeiture proceedings.

The Lewiston Police Department stated that the incident underscores the importance of community vigilance and the effectiveness of prompt reporting of suspicious activities.

Ali is currently being held, and further legal proceedings are pending.

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