A 60-year-old man described by police as a major supplier of cocaine in greater Biddeford was arrested Tuesday and charged with trafficking in cocaine at the local AMVETS Hall and at the Eagles Club.

Reginald Gilbert Sr. of Biddeford was arrested at POP’s Tavern on Bacon Street by members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s York District Task Force and Biddeford police.

Police had obtained a warrant for Gilbert after allegedly making several undercover purchases of cocaine stemming from an investigation that began in March, police said. Police described Gilbert as a “major supplier” of cocaine to the greater Biddeford area and said he has drug convictions dating back to the 1970s.

Police charged Gilbert with four counts of aggravated trafficking in cocaine, saying that the purchases occurred within 1,000 feet of St. James School and the Richard Martin Community Center.

When Gilbert was arrested he had several bags of marijuana packaged for sale and cash that police believe were the result of drug proceeds, police said.

Gilbert is being held on $10,000 bail pending an initial court appearance. If he makes bail, he is not allowed to enter POP’s Tavern, the AMVETS Hall or the Eagles Club, police said.

David Hench can be contacted at 791-6327 or at:

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