POLICE BEAT

Vehicle defect leads to find of 96 ecstasy pills in Stockton Springs

Posted Feb. 24, 2011, at 9:20 p.m.

A routine vehicle stop on Cape Jellison Road in Searsport last week led to the discovery of a backpack with a stash of about $1,800 worth of Ecstasy pills. Two men were arrested on various charges as a result.

After noticing that the vehicle on the road had a defect and pulling it over, Officer Damien Stone learned that the driver, Dalton Hines, 19, of Belfast, was on probation.

Passenger Nathan Johnson, 24, of Searsport also was out on bail conditions for a previous charge of trafficking drugs. He had been arrested Feb. 15 by Detective Merl Reed of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency official, Reed said Wednesday.

Stone searched the vehicle and discovered the 96 Ecstasy pills in the backpack.

Hines was arrested and charged with violating his probation. He also was summoned for operating after suspension and illegal transportation of drugs by a minor.

Johnson was arrested on a charge of bail violation.

It was not clear to whom the backpack and the star-shaped blue pills belonged, Reed said.

“Ecstasy is a dangerous drug because it contains a mixture of other drugs,” he said. “It’s a dangerous drug to have in the area.”

Further charges may be pending, according to the detective. (Abigail Curtis, BDN)

A woman who called Belfast police early Thursday morning to report that she and her 10-month-old baby were being held by people who were biting them and pulling hair ended up being arrested herself and charged with assault.

When Officer Rick Smith arrived at 1:35 a.m. at the residence, he found several women with bite marks on their arms and chests.

They told the officer that Alicia B. Kinney, 27, of Belfast was intoxicated and had “just lost it,” punching one woman in the face and biting her. She then reportedly bit some of the others.

Kinney is alleged to have attacked Smith, too, hitting and kicking him when he moved to place her in police custody.

She was taken to Waldo County Jail and was released later Thursday on $3,000 unsecured bail. (Abigail Curtis, BDN)

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