RI man held after police report drugs found in car

Posted Sept. 27, 2010, at 11:39 p.m.
Peter Gomes. (Photo courtesy of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office)
Peter Gomes. (Photo courtesy of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office)

THORNDIKE, Maine — A Rhode Island man suspected of coming to Maine with the intention of committing a violent act toward a family member is being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset after police reportedly found cocaine, hashish and marijuana in his car Sunday afternoon.

Peter Gomes, 45, of North Scituate was driving past the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity when police from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office recognized his Ford Ranger from a police “Be On the Lookout” notice, or BOLO, Lt. Jason Trundy said Monday afternoon.

Gomes’ family members had filed a complaint Thursday with the Sheriff’s Office stating that he had made threats which led relatives to believe he was heading north with trouble on his mind, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Dale Brown and Detective Matt Curtis conducted a traffic stop on the Ford Ranger and reportedly found contraband drugs in the car. Gomes was arrested and charged with unlawful trafficking in marijuana, a Class C crime, possession of cocaine and possession of hashish, both Class D crimes, and possession of marijuana. The more serious Class C crime is punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

He was processed at the Waldo County Correctional Center and transferred to Two Bridges Regional Jail, where he is being held on bail of $10,000 cash or $100,000 single surety, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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