April 21, 2018
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Two men charged in Stockton Springs pot case

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — After a police dog last weekend sniffed out marijuana hidden in a car in the elementary school parking lot, one local man was arrested for aggravated trafficking and another was issued a summons for drug possession.

The Stockton Springs Police Department received a complaint of suspicious vehicles in the school’s parking lot at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Officer Damien Stone spoke with the occupants of both vehicles, then requested the presence of Detective Merl Reed of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and his police dog, Neva.

Ethan Patterson, 19, of Stockton Springs gave permission for his car to be searched, and Neva found the marijuana stashed in the console, according to Reed.

Patterson was issued a civil summons for possession of a usable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The driver of the other vehicle, Brad Swift, 18, of Stockton Springs, was arrested for aggravated trafficking in Schedule Z drugs, a Class C felony. He was taken to Waldo County Jail and later was released on bail.

According to Lt. Jason Trundy of the sheriff’s office, selling marijuana is normally a Class D crime, which is punishable by a prison term of less than one year; but when it is sold within 1,000 feet of a school, the charge is elevated to Class C, carrying a penalty of up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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