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Husson student caught with magic mushrooms, oxycodone, police say

Posted March 30, 2011, at 9:56 p.m.
Last modified March 30, 2011, at 11:10 p.m.

A 20-year-old Husson University student was arrested for having psilocybin mushrooms and felony possession of diverted prescription pills last week after he came to the attention of a campus security officer, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

Husson security officials caught William A. Doherty, who lives at Hart Hall but is from  Scituate, Mass., with prescription pills that were not his, marijuana, a glass pipe, rolling papers and other drug-related items and called Bangor police Officer Mike Brennan, who serves as the Police Department’s campus liaison.

Brennan arrested Doherty around 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, and charged him with felony possession of oxycodone and an unlawful possession offense involving the psychedelic mushrooms, Edwards said. The Husson student had just over 1 ounce of the hallucinogenic fungus, he said.

Doherty also was charged with sale and use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Earlier this year, Doherty was charged with the sale and use of drug paraphernalia, but when he went before a judge in February at the Penobscot Judicial Center, the charge was dismissed, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

If convicted of the most serious charge against him, felony possession of oxycodone, Doherty could face a penalty of up to five years behind bars. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

A Bangor man was charged last week with felony aggravated forgery after he gave police a fake name and then signed the ticket they issued him using the alias, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

Jamie Lewis, 35, was stopped by Officer Tim Brown on Hammond Street at around 11 p.m. March 22 for allegedly having a headlight out and reportedly gave the officer the fake name. Unfortunately for Lewis, the person whose name he used had a suspended driver’s license, and when Lewis was charged with operating after suspension, he signed the fake name, which led to the felony aggravated forgery charge, according to police.

Lewis, who had an outstanding warrant against him and whose real driver’s license is suspended, also was charged with failing to provide police with a correct name and operating after suspension. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail and later released. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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