Belfast traffic stop leads to drug charge

Posted Oct. 22, 2009, at 9:09 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — City police arrested a Thorndike man for dealing in drugs Wednesday after a traffic stop yielded a cache of drugs and paraphernalia.

Brett Reid, 27, was charged with trafficking in scheduled drugs after the 5:02 p.m. traffic stop on Northport Avenue. He was taken to Waldo County Jail and was being held on $7,500 cash bail or $75,000 surety.

Police Chief Jeffrey Trafton said the department received a report at 4:54 p.m. of a white car headed toward Belfast operating erratically on Route 1 in Northport.

Officer Brian Lunt stopped the car on Northport Avenue in Belfast and concluded that Reid appeared to be impaired. When Lunt and Waldo County sheriff’s Detective Merl Reed searched the vehicle, they allegedly found a large quantity of prescription drugs, marijuana, scales and needles.

Trafton said Reid told the officers that he had consumed opiates and antibiotics earlier that day.

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