Border agents bust two for pot

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 27, 2010, at 11:19 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two men were arrested Thursday night at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on southbound Interstate 95 in northern Penobscot County with 101 pounds of marijuana hidden in the pickup truck in which they were traveling, according to federal authorities.

The duo made their first appearances Friday in U.S. District Court on drug charges.

Louis Bailey, 46, of Wells and Roland Daggett, 43, of Portsmouth, N.H., were ordered held without bail until their detention hearings could be held next week. They are charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana.

The marijuana was discovered shortly after 9 p.m. in a large, locked toolbox in the back of a pickup truck registered to Bailey, after a police dog alerted to the presence of controlled substances, according to court documents. The pot was packaged in five vacuum-sealed bricks.

Bailey allegedly told investigators he did not have a key to the toolbox and that it had not been opened in two years. A key that looked like the type used on similar toolboxes was found on Bailey’s key chain, according to court documents. It was used to open the toolbox, where the marijuana was hidden.

Investigators also found a handgun and ammunition for the weapon in the center console of the truck. Bailey allegedly told investigators that he had purchased the gun earlier in the day in Kittery for protection.

The men told investigators conflicting stories about where they had been. Daggett said they were headed to Vinalhaven but had taken a wrong turn, according to court documents. Bailey said they were coming from Vinalhaven.

The last ferries of the day leave the island for Rockland at 4:30 p.m. and Rockland for the island at 4:30 p.m., according to information on the Maine Ferry Service website.

If convicted, each man faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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