Two Milo residents charged in drug case

Posted Nov. 17, 2008, at 10:48 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 5:58 a.m.

MILO, Maine — Two local residents were arrested Monday after police found 19.7 grams of cocaine in the mobile home the pair shared on Ash Street.

Aleesha Chadwick, 22, and Jeffrey Witham Jr., 32, were each charged with unlawful trafficking in Schedule W drugs (cocaine) and unlawful possession of Schedule W drugs. Both were taken to the Piscataquis County Jail where Chadwick posted bail of $1,000 plus fees and was released. She is expected to make her initial court appearance Dec. 15 in 13th District Court in Dover-Foxcroft.

Witham, who is on a probation hold, is expected to make his initial appearance this week in 13th District Court.

Piscataquis County Probation and Parole Officer Dan Dickson had called ahead Monday afternoon to the Milo Police Department advising that he would be making a probation check on Witham for Hancock County officials. When Dickson and Milo Police Chief Michael Poulin arrived at Chadwick’s mobile home and requested to search the property, Witham was argumentative, told the officers it was not his place and would not let them in to search, Poulin said. Witham then called Chadwick, who was at a local store.

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Poulin said that when Chadwick arrived home, she let the officers in. That’s when they spotted electric bills and a checkbook in Witham’s name, which proved to the officers he was living at the home. Poulin secured the home and called for backup. After Brownville and Milo officers and an agent from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrived, they assisted Poulin and Dickson in a search.

It was during the search, police found the cocaine, which had a street value of about $2,000, and other drug paraphernalia such as pipes, grinders, and marijuana plants that were between newspapers under the bed where they were being dried, Poulin said.

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