2013-05-31 / Front Page

New York Man Arrested in South Portland on Drug, Weapon Charges

By Jack Flagler
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND – Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a man on drug and weapon charges in South Portland on Saturday night, June 1.

MDEA Commander Scott Pelletier said in a media release Wayman Sparrow, 22, of the Bronx, N.Y., was arrested after an investigation into heroin trafficking in the Portland area. At the time of Sparrow’s arrest Saturday, he allegedly possessed a loaded .40 caliber handgun, a small amount of cocaine, scales and other items used to package and sell drugs.

After the arrest, MDEA agents searched two hotel rooms rented to Sparrow, one at the Econo Lodge on John Roberts Road in South Portland, the other at the Clarion Hotel on Congress Street in Portland. There, Pelletier said, agents found 2.5 ounces of heroin allegedly worth $10,000 in street value and $4,600 in cash, suspected to be from drug proceeds.

Officers in both the Portland and South Portland Police Departments assisted the MDEA agents in the investigation. Sparrow is currently being held at the Cumberland County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

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