Drug charges follow raid on Brewer home

Posted April 25, 2009, at 12:17 a.m.

BREWER, Maine — Police raided a High Street residence Friday afternoon on suspicion of drug activity, a little more than 15 months after the same home was searched for illegal drugs and its inhabitants arrested.

As a result of a search warrant executed about 3 p.m., Brewer police arrested a couple living at 27 High St. on drug trafficking and other charges and summoned a Bangor woman for illegal possession of prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia, police Lt. Chris Martin said Friday evening.

Arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor were Cherish Nicole Burgess, 21, and Peter James Tardiff, 23. Martin said they live together at the High Street address.

Burgess and Tardiff both were charged with possession of a scheduled drug, specifically methadone in its liquid form, Martin said.

After a tussle in which Burgess allegedly kicked at police officers, among other things, she was charged with assault, failure to submit to detention and obstruction of justice, Martin said.

Tardiff also was also charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Both were released on bail late Friday night, a jail official confirmed.

Though not arrested Friday, Jessica Payne, 31, of Bangor was charged with two counts of possession of prescription pills and with possession of drug paraphernalia, Martin said.

According to Martin, the investigation was still in its early stages Friday.

“We anticipate that additional charges will be filed after we’ve had a chance to process the evidence,” he said.

The raid and subsequent arrests generated some drama on an otherwise quiet Friday afternoon in Brewer, as police searched the home, which consists of a main building and two additions, located at the end of a dead-end street near a cemetery.

Police officers also searched several cars that were parked in the driveway.

Published reports indicate that Friday’s drug arrest was not the first for Burgess.

In January 2008, Burgess and her boyfriend at the time, Duane McCarter, who was 28, were arrested at the same location after Brewer police and federal drug enforcement agents searched the home and found significant amounts of marijuana and LSD.

Burgess was charged with furnishing drugs and McCarter was charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs. It was not immediately clear late Friday afternoon whether either was convicted or sentenced on those charges.

After searching the High Street house in 2008, officers learned that McCarter had a “safe house” in Bangor, which also was searched, according to prior reports.

Police said that what they found between the two locations at that time was approximately $20,000 in cash, 2.5 pounds of high-grade marijuana and a quantity of blotter paper that was tested for the presence of LSD.

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