HOLDEN, Maine — What began as a routine traffic stop on U.S. Route 1A on Friday ended with several summonses for the driver and his 17-year-old passenger after police found drug paraphernalia and alcohol in the car.
Charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and allowing a passenger to possess an open container of alcohol was the driver, 19-year-old Joshua D. Webb of Eddington, Holden police Officer Chris Greeley said Friday.
The passenger, a juvenile male from Newburgh whose name was withheld, was summoned on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of alcohol by a minor, Greeley said. Though the minor was not arrested, he was held until one of his parents was able to come collect him, Greeley said.
The Subaru the two suspects were riding in came to Greeley’s attention shortly after 4 p.m. because of a loud exhaust.
When the patrolman approached the vehicle after pulling it over, however, he detected the aroma of marijuana and beer.
The initial search of the vehicle and the occupants’ belongings turned up drug paraphernalia, two 12-ounce cans of beer, one of them open, and two knives, which were confiscated, Greeley said.
Greeley said a subsequent search turned up two small plastic bags of marijuana and a small amount of a white powdery substance that is being tested. Additional charges are being considered, he said.
Greeley said he also issued Webb a warning for the loud exhaust.
The incident backed up traffic on Route 1A and the Wilson Street exit of Interstate 395 during the busy evening commute, said Greeley, who was assisted at the scene by Brewer police Officer Jeff Gotreau.