Moses Oreste is currently being held at the Cumberland County Jail, where his bail was set at$60,000
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine– A South Portland man was jailed Monday after he allegedly delivered crack cocaine to an undercover Maine Drug Enforcement Firm (MDEA) representative, MDEA Commander Scott Pelletier stated in a release Tuesday.
Moses L. Oreste, 21, was charged with the following:
Start in November 2020, Pelletier stated agents from the MDEA Cumberland District Task Force started an examination into a group of people who were apparently distributing fentanyl and fracture cocaine throughout southern Maine. Pelletier thinks members of the group traveled out of state to acquire big amounts of the drug, which he stated they would typically then cost 2 or 3 times the amount they originally purchased it for.
On Monday, Pelletier stated agents took 23 grams of fracture drug and 7 grams of fentanyl from Oreste prior to serving a search warrant at his home in South Portland’s Olde English Town apartment building.
As a result of the search, Pelletier stated representatives took an additional 12 grams of fentanyl, packaging and processing products containing fracture drug, $49,000 in presumed drug proceeds and a 9 mm pistol. The pistol was reported stolen from Portland in 2017, according to Pelletier.
Pelletier said the overall street value of the drugs took is$23,000. Oreste is currently being held at the Cumberland County Jail, where his bail was set at $ 60,000. He is anticipated to make his preliminary court appearance on Wednesday in Portland Unified Court.
According to Pelletier, the examination is ongoing and additional arrests are expected. Anyone with information about this examination or the illegal sale of drugs in Maine is asked to call their closest MDEA office, text MDEA to TIP411 (847411 ), or call the MDEA tip-line at 800-452-6457.