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Alleged cocaine dealer busted in Biddeford

BIDDEFORD (WGME) -- An undercover sting leads to the arrest of a man in Biddeford, who the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency calls a major cocaine supplier. Police say Reggie Gilbert, Sr. has drug convictions dating back to the 1970's. Now, at the age of 60, he's been arrested for allegedly dealing cocaine out of the AMVETS Post in Biddeford.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency says several times undercover agents bought cocaine from Gilbert at the Biddeford AMVETS Post. At the time of his arrest on Tuesday, authorities say Gilbert was also found with bags of marijuana packaged and ready for sale. Some people we spoke with were shocked to learn of his arrest.

Amanda Bridges, Gilbert's neighbor, says "I would have never guessed in a million years, ever.  He is a really, really good guy. Looks are deceiving, apparently." But others who know Reggie Gilbert say they weren't surprised. Janice Sargent is Gilbert's next door neighbor. She says there were always people in and out of his apartment up these stairs.

Janice Sargent told us "King of Biddeford is what he calls himself." "The King of Biddeford", we asked. She responded "Yeah." Sargent went on to say "He had a little bit of a business going. I guess he finally got caught." The AMVETS hall is located within 1000 feet of the St. James School and a community center, both of which are designated Safe Zones.

As a result, the Maine DEA arrested and charged Gilbert with four felony counts of Aggravated Drug Trafficking. One woman, who asked not to be identified, told us "It didn't surprise me that he got arrested. Because he's been known around town for years." However, this woman says the Biddeford AMVETS Post should not be blamed for this.

We tried to speak with the Post Commander, but have not heard back from him. One member, though, told us quote, "It doesn't make our club look good." Reggie Gilbert is behind bars right now on a $10,000 bail. If he happens to make bail, he's not allowed to go anywhere near the AMVETS Hall, the nearby Eagle's Club, or Pop's Tavern where he was arrested.