ROCKLAND, Maine — A Waldoboro man turned himself in to police and was arrested Monday morning after 21 pounds of marijuana was found in his vehicle last week.
Christopher Luce, 24, is charged with trafficking marijuana and violation of probation, according to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
In recent months, MDEA agents, along with members of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and Waldoboro police, have been investigating Luce, who was suspected of selling large amounts of marijuana from his house and business. Luce operates the Shoe Box, a shoe store and head shop in Waldoboro, according to MDEA Supervisor James Pease.
Pease said agents received information last week that Luce was expected to be in possession of a large amount of marijuana and they, along with members of the Maine Warden Service, deputies and Waldoboro police, began surveillance of him.
On Thursday, June 16, drug agents approached Luce, who was sitting in his parked SUV at a convenience store in Union. Luce fled into nearby woods on foot, according to Pease.
Several police agencies searched the area, but Luce was not found.
Agents, however, found 21 pounds of marijuana in the SUV that Luce was driving. The street value of the two large plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana seized in the bust is $42,000, Pease reported.
On Monday morning, Luce turned himself in, through his attorney, to the MDEA at the Knox County Jail in Rockland.
He is being held in lieu of bail and likely will be in court later this week.