Etna man busted for trafficking pot

Posted Sept. 30, 2008, at 9:05 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:03 a.m.

ETNA, Maine — Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested a local man Monday night after finding more than 7 pounds of commercial grade marijuana in his car and at his home, division Commander Darrell Crandall said on Tuesday.

Shawn Plante, 27, who lives on Stage Road, was stopped for a traffic violation at around 8 p.m. on Main Street in Bangor by Bangor police officers.

“A Bangor police canine indicated the presence of drugs,” and the MDEA was called, Garry Higgins, supervisory special agent for the Bangor-based North Central Regional Taskforce, District 5, said Tuesday.

Six pounds of packaged, commercial grade marijuana were found in the 2000 Chevrolet Blazer Plante was driving. Plante was arrested and a search was conducted at his home in Etna.

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“MDEA agents executed the search warrant at about 11 p.m., seizing an additional 1.25 pounds of marijuana and evidence identifying the source for the marijuana,” Crandall said.

A digital scale, disguised to look like a CD case, also was recovered.

The pot taken as evidence is estimated to have a street value of more than $14,000.

Plante was charged with felony trafficking in marijuana, a Class C offense, and was taken to Penobscot County Jail. If convicted of the charge, he could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Plante had his first appearance in 3rd District Court in Bangor on Tuesday and was released on bail, a jail official said.

He is scheduled to appear in Penobscot County Superior Court to face the charges against him on Oct. 31.

“The investigation will continue with additional charges possible,” Crandall said.

Those with information on drug trafficking in their communities can call MDEA, toll free, at 1-800-452-6457.

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