NEWPORT, Maine — Police have charged a 17-year-old Nokomis Regional High School student with dealing marijuana at the school and at his workplace.
Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said the juvenile, whom he declined to identify because of his age, was searched at about 10 p.m. Friday as he was leaving his workplace. Officers allegedly found him in possession of plastic bags, a scale, more than $400 in cash and almost an ounce of marijuana. Together, those items are a sure sign that the juvenile was dealing the drug, said Macdaid. The investigation into the alleged dealing was led by Cpl. David Wintle, who is also the department’s school resource officer at Nokomis.
“Cpl. Wintle has been gathering information for quite a bit of time,” said Macdaid, who said informants were key to the acquisition of the search warrant. “It was a good snag.”
Macdaid declined to identify where the juvenile worked because the business owners “had no idea” the drug dealing was going on. The juvenile, who is from Hartland and who also had a 12-pack of beer in his possession, was summoned for trafficking in scheduled drugs, illegal transportation of alcohol by a minor and posses-sion of drug paraphernalia. He subsequently was turned over to the custody of his parents, Macdaid said.
“This has been going on for quite a while, and there were quite a few people he was supplying,” he said.
The seized marijuana had a street value of about $120, said Macdaid.