An incident that started at a Turner convenience store, ended with the arrest of an Oregon man in possession of nearly 2 1/2 pounds of cocaine.

Maine State Police say the investigation began just before noon on Monday, when a person at B & A Variety in Turner began following a suspicious incident nearby. The details have not been released, but police say the encounter involved driver Winston McLeod, 27, out of Oregon. A check of his identification revealed that his license, issued out of Oregon, had been suspended.

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Police searched McLeod, who was found to have a large amount of cocaine in his jacket pocket. When the Trooper told McLeod that he was being arrested, he took off running. The Trooper gave chase, and the suspect was caught and taken into custody. Officials searched his vehicle and discovered that McLeod had 1,102 grams (2.4 pounds) of cocaine in the car, as well as $1,446 in suspected drug proceeds.

McLeod was charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs, refusing to submit to arrest, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and asset forfeiture.

He was transported to the Androscoggin County Jail, where his bail was set at $25,000.

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