A 25-year-old Brooklyn, New York, man was charged Sunday with 54 counts of fraud after a vehicle stop in Westbrook. He had multiple fraudulent credit and debit cards bearing his name, police allege.

Keith J. Evans was arrested after the car he was traveling in was pulled over by a Maine Drug Enforcement agent off Saco Street in Westbrook, according a police affidavit filed by the agent.

A drug agent suspected the vehicle had returned from New York carrying drugs, and a search of the car’s trunk turned up a pair of sneakers containing a bundle of credit and debit cards, each with different card numbers but all with Evans’ name.

Evans was not charged with any drug offenses.

After reading Evans his Miranda rights, the agent interviewing Evans learned that the cards had not yet been “loaded” with money, and that someone in Westbrook was to receive the cards, according to an affidavit filed in support of the arrest.

“A common scheme currently in use amongst criminal drug trafficking crews in the Portland area involved fraudulently obtaining credit/debit cards through unknown means, and stamping a new name on the cards that matched a legitimate or well-faked actual identification card in possession of one of the suspects,” wrote MDEA Special Agent Lucas Hallett. “The suspect would then use the fraudulently stamped card (with a victim’s account information electronically embedded in the magnetic strip on the rear of the card) in conjunction with the identification card to make purchases.”

Evans did not identify who was to receive the cards. Calls by Hallett and another agent to multiple companies whose names and logos were printed on the cards confirmed they were fake, the affidavit said.

Evans appeared in Cumberland County Criminal Court in Portland and was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail. He was ordered not to possess debit or credit cards.

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