Police allege Biddeford man hid drugs in phone book

Posted Jan. 10, 2011, at 11:43 a.m.

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Police have arrested a Biddeford man and charged him with possession of cocaine, hydrocodone, Vicodin and marijuana after they allegedly found drugs hidden in his phone book.

John J. Moschos, 75, was arrested Thursday and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 23. Police believe Moschos was selling the drugs to other tenants in his subsidized apartment building and walk-in customers, although he has not been charged with distribution, according to Deputy Chief JoAnne Fisk.

The discovery was made while a patrol unit was investigating an unrelated domestic violence call, according to Fisk. Officers went to Moschos’ apartment looking for a male involved in the call and smelled what they believed to be marijuana, Fisk said.

Moschos consented to a search of his apartment, where police allegedly found “up to a couple thousand dollars’ worth” of drugs, Fisk said. He was arrested for possession of a scheduled drug, a Class D felony, and released the same day on personal recognizance bail, Fisk said.

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