May 24, 2018
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Drug bust finds needle in child’s crib

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

HOLDEN, Maine — Officer Nicholas Fletcher suspected there was drug activity at a trailer in Cedar Haven Mobile Home Park, so he has been watching it. Police believe his efforts paid off early Sunday when a raid led to the arrests of two local men who were charged with felony drug trafficking and furnishing.

Scott Knowles, 21, who lives at the trailer with his 4-year-old son, and James Smith, 26, of Bangor were charged with Class B aggravated marijuana trafficking and Class C furnishing of marijuana.

“Officers and agents found more than 2 pounds of marijuana, a large amount of cash — around $3,800 — and a loaded .38-[caliber] handgun,” Police Chief Gene Worcester said Monday.

The 2 a.m. raid at 47 Shadow Lane was conducted by Holden officers, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department special response team, Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco and Firearms agents, and state troopers.

“Officers and agents were shocked to discover a hypodermic needle and a spoon with drug residue in a box located in a child’s crib,” Worcester said. “Anytime you see [these items together] it’s generally for drug use. We also found evidence of prescription drugs.”

Worcester did not know whether Knowles’ child was in the crib when the drug paraphernalia was found.

Knowles, his child, Smith and a 20-year-old woman who had been staying with Knowles were in the trailer when it was raided. The mobile home park is just off U.S. Route 1A.

The child was released Sunday morning to his mother, who lives in Old Town, and “the 20-year-old female was allowed to leave,” Worcester said.

Fletcher, with assistance from Brewer Police Department officers, worked the case, Worcester said.

“He’s the one that has been gathering the information,” he said. “He’s done a good job.”

Both Knowles and Smith had their first appearances in 3rd District Court in Bangor on Monday. Knowles was released at court and Smith was released on bail later Monday, a jail official said.

If convicted of the Class B charge, each could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. The penalty for Class C crimes is up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.


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