Veazie robbery may have drug ties

Posted July 14, 2009, at 9:01 p.m.

VEAZIE, Maine — An investigation into an attempted armed robbery in Veazie on Friday has taken a new twist.

Police were called at about 6:20 p.m. Friday to a single-story duplex on State Street for a report of an attempted armed robbery, Veazie police Sgt. Paul Haslam said Tuesday.

When police officers arrived, the tenants told them that two men with a handgun had entered their home through an unlocked door but fled in a sedan without taking anything after a woman living there shoved one of them to the floor, Haslam said. He said a male occupant of the duplex briefly gave chase in his pickup truck and provided police with a license plate number.

During the course of the robbery investigation, police learned that the four occupants — a husband, wife, daughter and friend — may have been dealing marijuana and prescription drugs out of their residence, Haslam said.

The tenant of the other half of the duplex, an older woman whose son owns the building, was not involved in any of drug activity police believe was occurring there, Haslam said.

Haslam said police obtained a “no-knock” search warrant and arranged to have the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department special response team enter the residence Monday evening because of the possibility that the occupants might be armed.

Inside, investigators found no gun, but they did find quantities of drug paraphernalia and pills, Haslam said.

Also as part of the investigation, Haslam said, police recovered evidence that the would-be robbers left behind — cigarette stubs — that may contain DNA.

As of Tuesday, no charges or arrests had been made in connection with the incident, Haslam said. He said police officers are determining whether they will submit the case to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

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