Bangor man reportedly caught with pot, cash

Posted Sept. 22, 2010, at 11:07 p.m.

A Bangor man was charged with felony trafficking in marijuana Friday night after he reportedly was stopped for pulling out in front of a Bangor police officer, forcing the officer to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting him, Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

After nearly being hit, David T. Jones, 26, pulled his black Jeep into a James Street driveway around 9:35 p.m. and ignored Officer Jim Dearing, who pulled in behind him with his cruiser’s lights flashing, Edwards said.

“The guy gets out of the Jeep, and he just walks away,” he said.

Jones admitted that he was driving without a license and Dearing patted him down and found a “huge wad of cash, several thousand dollars,” the sergeant said.

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Officers allegedly found more than 5 ounces of marijuana, some in boxes in the back seat, and more than $4,000 in cash hidden in Jones’ Jeep. While the officers conducted their search, Jones bragged about the amount of money he makes selling drugs, Edwards said.

Because Jones has a prior drug trafficking conviction from 2006, he was charged on Friday with aggravated trafficking in marijuana and operating a vehicle with a suspended license. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and later released. If convicted of the felony charge, Jones could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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A local couple who became lost Tuesday night while hiking in the City Forest needed assistance from Bangor police to find their way out of the woods, Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a statement Wednesday.

A 26-year-old man, who got lost with his 20-year-old girlfriend, called police at 8:45 p.m. to say they didn’t know where they were, except to say they were near a power line.

Officer Mike Jewett and Sgt. Bob Bishop went to the area and used ATVs and sirens on their cruisers to direct the couple to safety. The search took about 25 minutes and both hikers left the woods unhurt.

“That trail system is large and can be complicated,” Edwards said. “Always hike safely and carry basic survival items such as flashlights, water, coats and cell phones in the event of an emergency.”

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A University of Maine fraternity member was charged with supplying minors with alcohol Sunday evening after campus police were dispatched to Delta Tau Delta to investigate a reported assault, university spokesman Joe Carr said on Wednesday.

Joshua Clukey, 21, was charged with providing alcohol to minors just before 7 p.m. The case has been referred to the dean of students to determine whether Clukey violated the school’s Code of Conduct, Carr said.

The police investigation has determined that the assault report was unfounded, Carr said. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

CORRECTION: A spelling error in the first paragraph has been corrected.

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