Holden gets $2,603 in drug forfeiture funds

Posted July 21, 2010, at 12:14 a.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — Police Officer Nicholas Fletcher suspected there was drug activity at a trailer in Cedar Haven Mobile Home Park, so he watched it, and when he had enough evidence the trailer was raided in February 2009.

The drug raid resulted in two arrests and the seizure of drugs, cash and weapons, Public Safety Director Jim Ellis said Tuesday.

With the successful prosecution of the criminal case, the money has returned to town as drug forfeiture funds, which town councilors accepted Monday at their meeting.

The town received $2,603, Ellis said.

“We’ll spend it on equipment,” he said.

The raid was conducted at 2 a.m. Feb. 8, 2009, by Holden police officers, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department special response team, federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and Maine State Police troopers.

“It was a high-risk search warrant that was executed,” Ellis said, adding that town officials “have offered to reimburse” the Sheriff’s Department $1,000 for its assistance.

Two men were charged with marijuana trafficking after the raid and “officers and agents found more than 2 pounds of marijuana, a large amount of cash — around $3,800 — and a loaded .38-[caliber] handgun,” Police Chief Gene Worcester said at the time.

Town Manager John Butts said this is not the first time the town has received drug forfeiture funds, but it is the first time since he was hired three years ago.

During the meeting, the board also:

• Decided to keep Blood Hill Road, which is located near the junction of U.S. Route 1A and Mann Hill Road, as a dead-end roadway.

• Endorsed spending up to $6,725 for furniture for the new Police Department building.

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