BREWER, Maine — A traffic stop on South Main Street late Monday led to the arrest of a local man for having psilocybin mushrooms and dealing in marijuana, police Capt, Jason Moffitt said Tuesday.
Brock Campbell, 24, who told Brewer police he is a transient but who has lived in Hermon, was pulled over for having an obscured license plate at around 11:35 p.m. as he got on the Interstate 395 on-ramp, Moffitt said.
Officer Liz Kelley approached Campbell and noticed that he had a Mason jar containing a green leafy substance on the floorboard of the car.
“She asked him to hand the Mason jar over,” Moffitt said.
Kelley determined there was marijuana in the jar and commenced to search Campbell’s vehicle. She found a backpack in the rear seat that contained an empty Mason jar that smelled of pot, and when she opened the trunk, the smell of marijuana was very strong, the police report states.
A bag in the trunk contained several bags of marijuana, psilocybin — or psychedelic — mushrooms, empty plastic bags and a digital scale, Moffitt said.
“He was caught with over 7 ounces of marijuana, over 2 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms,” he said. “Everything was packaged. There also was an amount of cash.”
Campbell was arrested and charged with furnishing in marijuana, possession of psychedelic or hallucinogenic mushrooms, and the sale and use of drug paraphernalia.
He was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. By 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, he had been released, a jail official said.
Campbell has a number of convictions that date back to when he was 19, according to court reports printed in the Bangor Daily News.
In September 2006, he was convicted of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $400. At the same time, he also was convicted of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and sentenced to 60 days in jail and fined $400; theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, jail 60 days, restitution $10; two counts violating condition of release, jail 60 days each count.
His other convictions, which occurred between May 2005 and September 2007, include operating a vehicle while under influence of intoxicants, operating a vehicle while his license was suspended or revoked, operating a vehicle without a license, violating a protective order, violating condition of release, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, harassment and disorderly conduct, according to BDN court listings.
Correction: Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this article incorrectly listed Campbell as being charged with trafficking in mushrooms. He is only charged with possessing the drugs.