June 22, 2018
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Trippy Hippy owners out on bail after drug bust, free to reopen store

By Judy Harrison and Diana Bowley, Special to the BDN

BANGOR, Maine — The owners of the Trippy Hippy Co. of Dexter have been released from the Penobscot County Jail after posting bail.

Trippy Hippy owners Gavin Finnerty, 42, and Alyssa Knowles, 19, were arrested Thursday on drug charges and taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor, according to Darrell Crandall, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency division commander.

Finnerty was released on $100 cash bail at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, according to jail personnel.

Knowles was released on $1,500 cash bail about 8 p.m. Friday.

Bail conditions do not forbid the two from having contact with each other or from reopening the store.

Both are scheduled to make their first court appearances on Feb. 16 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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