Brewer police interrupt marijuana delivery

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted July 30, 2009, at 8:18 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Someone from outside of Maine sent about 2 pounds of marijuana to an Old Town resident, who was arrested Wednesday evening when he tried to pick it up, Police Chief Perry Antone said Thursday.

“At some point last night, Brewer Police Department received information that there was a package at a local delivery service that contained suspected marijuana,” he said.

Officers went to the delivery company, which Antone declined to identify, and waited for the package’s recipient to show up.

“The person who expected the package arrived at the delivery service and went inside,” he said, adding that three others stayed in the vehicle the man arrived in.

Just as Christopher Manos, 25, of Old Town began to leave the building, “a person in the car saw one of our officers and they decided to leave.”

Brewer police, including Officer Stephen Boyd, Sgt. Rich Smith, Cpl. Levi Sewell, and Detective Fred Luce, who is an agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency task force based in Bangor, stopped the car.

Manos was charged with aggravated trafficking in marijuana, a Class B crime, and was taken to Penobscot County Jail. The other three people in the car were not charged, but as the investigation continues “charges may be pending,” Antone said.

After his arrest, Manos was taken to Penobscot County Jail and was bailed out early Thursday morning on $250 cash, a jail official said.

Antone said the package of marijuana “looked suspicious” but would not give any details about why, and, because of the ongoing investigation, could say only that it came from “an out-of-state address.”

http://bangordailynews.com/2009/07/30/news/bangor/brewer-police-interrupt-marijuana-delivery/ printed on September 16, 2014