Officer finds marijuana, loaded gun during stop

Posted Oct. 22, 2010, at 9:09 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — A traffic stop at about 2:20 a.m. Thursday led to the discovery of marijuana in bulk and a loaded firearm in a vehicle, according to Newport police Lt. Randy Wing.

Officer Stephen Morrell smelled marijuana after pulling over Dylan Pray, 18, of Bradford and his passenger, Benjamin Skolfield, 19, of Charleston. After seeing two shotguns in the back seat of the vehicle, Morrell was given permission by Pray to check them, according to Wing. One of the shotguns was loaded.

Further investigation revealed two paper grocery bags, each about one-quarter filled with “fresh marijuana buds,” said Wing, who added that the young men said the pot had been given to them.

“It could be a felony amount of marijuana, but we haven’t determined the official weight,” said Wing. Factors such as the presence of stems and the dryness of the marijuana buds could affect what the seized drug weighs, said Wing.

Pray was summoned for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and having a loaded firearm in a vehicle. Skolfield was summoned for sale and use of drug paraphernalia. Neither man was arrested.

Wing said the case has been turned over to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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