The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency announces the arrest of Ronald Gullikson, 49, of Portland, for 2 counts of Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Schedule Drugs (Crack Cocaine). Gullikson was arrested at his second floor apartment at 144 Ocean Avenue without incident. Three other people in the apartment at the time were detained and later released. Over the past week agents assigned to the Cumberland District Task Force office assisted by officers of the Portland Police Department conducted an investigation into the distribution of crack cocaine from 144 Ocean Avenue. Of particular concern was the fact that 144 Ocean Avenue is bordered on two sides by the Ocean Avenue Elementary School. Agents were able to infiltrate the group distributing crack cocaine and subsequently secured a search warrant for the second floor apartment. At approximately 9:00 PM, February 26, 2014 agents executed the search warrant. Due to safety concerns and the inherent dangers that accompany drug distribution, the Portland Police Department’s Special Reaction Team (SRT) and Negotiators were utilized to safely secure the apartment prior to agents conducting their search. Four people were located in the apartment to include Gullikson. All were detained without incident. As a result of the search, agents seized evidence indicative of drug trafficking to include a number of digital scales, cutting agents and packaging materials. Gullikson was arrested and transported to the Cumberland County Jail where bail was set at $5,000. He was also served with two outstanding warrants for failing to pay fines for Operating after Suspension. Bail was set at $1,240. for those charges.