Portland man arrested on aggravated drug trafficking charges, firearms seized

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PORTLAND — The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA) in conjunction with the Portland Police Department announced the arrest of a local man on aggravated drug trafficking charges following a three-month investigation, according to a press release Wednesday.

Charles Aboda, 27, of Portland, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon, April 23, in the Bay Side area on warrants for two counts of unlawful aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs, specifically fentanyl, as well as unlawful trafficking of cocaine.

The operation, led by MDEA agents from the Cumberland District Task Force and officers from the Portland Police Department’s Crime Reduction Unit, involved undercover purchases and culminated in the seizure of substantial quantities of fentanyl, cocaine, and $1,000 in suspected drug money at the time of Aboda’s arrest.

Following his apprehension, Aboda was transported to the Cumberland County Jail, with bail set at $15,000 cash on the warrants.

A subsequent search warrant executed at a West End residence linked to Aboda resulted in the seizure of additional drugs, including crack cocaine and methamphetamine, a loaded handgun, and approximately $10,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

The MDEA confirmed the investigation is ongoing, and additional charges against Aboda are being considered by the State’s Attorney General’s Office.

This arrest involved collaborative efforts from the Portland Police Department and FBI Safe Streets Task Force.

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