June 19, 2018
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Bust targets Trippy Hippy owners

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DEXTER, Maine — Two local business owners were arrested Thursday after the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed search warrants at the Trippy Hippy Co. and at the pair’s Prospect Street home.

Trippy Hippy owners Gavin Finnerty, 42, and Alyssa Knowles, 18, were charged with drug violations and taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, according to Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander. They are expected to make their initial court appearance next week at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Finnerty was charged with a Class C count and a Class D count of unlawful trafficking in Schedule Z drugs (marijuana). Knowles was charged with a Class C count and a Class D count of unlawful trafficking in Schedule Z drugs (marijuana) and a Class B count of unlawful trafficking in Schedule W drugs (hydrocodone), Cran-dall said Friday.

The MDEA began its investigation in September based on complaints of drug trafficking at the business, according to Crandall. He said agents had purchased marijuana from Knowles and Finnerty on two separate occasions, and had purchased 20 hydrocodone pills from Knowles. Arrangements had been made by the MDEA for a large marijuana transaction the day of the search warrants, he said.

Officers seized 1.9 pounds of marijuana, 12 BuSpar anti-anxiety pills, five Xanax pills and $179 in cash at Finnerty and Knowles’ Prospect Street home. Two sets of scales with marijuana residue, $781 in cash, business ledgers that appear to record drug transactions, a set of brass knuckles with knife blades and a switchblade knife were seized at the business, Crandall said.

Assisting in the search were Dexter police and state police.

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