May 27, 2018
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Drug agent witnessed woman crushing pills, Brewer police say

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Two people were charged with drug possession Thursday evening after a federal drug agent reportedly spotted one of them crushing Ritalin pills outside of a Wilson Street store.

Charged with possession of scheduled drugs were Jessica Grindle, 30, of Blue Hill and Jeremy Sweet, 33, of Howland, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said Friday.

Moffitt said that the incident that led to the charges occurred about 5:30 p.m., when an agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency saw a woman, later identified as Grindle, crushing pills in a car parked outside of a store. The agent called the information in to dispatchers and Brewer police Officer Amy Nickerson was sent to the area.

Nickerson checked out Grindle, a passenger in Sweet’s car, while the DEA agent investigated Sweet after he came out of the store.

A search turned up a small silver screw-top bottle commonly used for drug storage on Grindle’s person as well as a plate with white residue and cut marks on it inside the car. The officers determined that the white powder was Ritalin and charged both.

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