BREWER, Maine — For the second time in two weeks, someone has been arrested for selling drugs at a Brewer motel.
Brewer police officers arrested a Bangor man for allegedly dealing drugs from his room at the Village Green Motel on Wednesday night. Two weeks ago, state drug agents arrested four people, two for drug trafficking, at the same motel.
Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said Thursday that Officer Liz Kelley and Cpl. Nelson Feero went to the Wilson Street motel at around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday because there was concern about criminal activity there.
“They found some,” he said.
Kelley and Feero were looking for a suspect and “had an active investigation involving that room,” Moffitt said.
When officers knocked, a man looked through the window shade and a minute later a woman answered the door and said the man staying in the room was in the shower.
That woman, Tina Perlich, 42, of Bangor, was wanted for missing court on a charge of felony unlawful trafficking in drugs from an incident on July 15, a Penobscot County Jail official said.
While Perlich was handcuffed, officers noticed a large plastic bag containing marijuana partially covered with clothing by the bed and a small silver box, which turned out to be a digital scale, Moffitt said.
When officers approached the bathroom they could not hear the shower running and the man inside refused to come out. Officers opened the bathroom door and found Jonathan Moir, 32, of Bangor, on the toilet.
Sgt. Anthony Pinette and Officer Kristie Bouchard then arrived to assist.
Moir gave a false name, but officers found paperwork in the room with his name on it and did a quick search on Bouchard’s cruiser laptop. It provided a picture and showed that Moir also was wanted on four outstanding warrants, Moffitt said.
Moir, who also has a history of resisting arrest, fought with officers who arrested him. Police found 10 Vicodin painkillers, a marijuana pipe, and a small plastic bag in his pocket that contained a small amount of a white substance that tested positive for cocaine, Moffitt said.
“Moir was charged with aggravated trafficking because the amount of marijuana was well over a pound and the motel room is within a 1,000 feet of a school, in this case Stillwater Academy,” the captain said. “It’s also a [drug-free] safe zone because they’re right next door to a city park and city pool, which also elevates the charge.”
Moir also was charged with felony unlawful possession of cocaine and unlawful possession of the diverted drug Vicodin, as well as refusing to submit to arrest and providing a false name and date of birth.
Moir, who moved to the area from Caribou, has a lengthy criminal record, according to court reports printed in the Bangor Daily News. He has been convicted of tampering with a witness or informant, tampering with a victim, assault, violating bail conditions, unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, escape, criminal mischief, criminal threatening, violating a protective order, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and possession of marijuana.
The Village Green Motel also was the center of an alleged crack cocaine trafficking operation that Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agents busted on Dec. 8.
In the MDEA drug bust, Shawn Bradley, 37, of New York City and Leroy Dunn, 29, of Hampden were charged with two counts each of aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine.
Natasha Perkins, 20, of Bangor was charged with possession of hydrocodone during the Dec. 8 bust, and Anthony McGilvray, 23, of Dixmont was arrested on warrants for unpaid fines and failure to appear, which were unrelated to the MDEA investigation.
If Moir, Bradley or Dunn are convicted of aggravated drug trafficking, they could face a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.