POLICE BEAT

Brewer police bust two in alleged cocaine trafficking

Posted Aug. 11, 2011, at 1:19 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 12, 2011, at 4 p.m.
Eric Junkins
Brewer Police Department
Eric Junkins
July Miller
Brewer Police Department
July Miller

BREWER, Maine — Police found drugs and a variety of drug paraphernalia during a search of a Wilson Street motel room early Thursday and arrested the male and female occupants, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said.

“They found all kinds of stuff” during the 12:25 a.m. raid, the police captain said.

Eric Junkins, 35, of Hamdpen was arrested and charged with felony trafficking in cocaine and July Miller, 37, of Milo was charged with illegal possession of scheduled drugs and trafficking in hypodermic apparatus after the search was completed.

Officer Kristie Bouchard obtained information that there was drug activity going on in the motel room and was assisted in the search by Cpl. Levi Sewell, Sgt. Anthony Pinette and Officer Ed Benjamin, according to Moffit.

“They found a loaded syringe with a liquid that tested positive for cocaine, [three spoons] with a burnt white substance that tested positive for cocaine, [and] numerous Ziploc baggies” under the bed, several of which were “filled with a white powder that tested positive for cocaine,” Moffitt said. The exact weight and street value of the drugs were not released.

A marijuana pipe, marijuana grinder, scales, a knife with a white power on it that tested positive for cocaine and about 50 syringes were found in Miller’s bag, he said.

Junkins, who was charged with felony drug possession in July by Bangor police, was charged with aggravated trafficking because of the amount of drugs and drug-dealing paraphernalia found in the room Thursday and because the hotel room is within 1,000 feet of Brewer High School, the captain said. He also was charged with violating his conditions of release.

Junkins was arrested in Bangor last month after a Maine State Police trooper saw him running with a woman’s purse, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said at the time. Police said that when they apprehended Junkins he was in possession of cocaine and marijuana.

He also was convicted of terrorizing and violating his conditions of release in June and sentenced to 10 days in jail for each offense, and he was given a $500 fine for driving with a suspended license, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

Junkins has two other convictions in the last three years for operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and for assault, which resulted in a sentence of 30 days in jail and a $300 fine.

Both Junkins and Miller were taken to Penobscot County Jail, where Junkins remained Thursday afternoon, a jail official said. She was released on bail.

If convicted of the recent felony drug trafficking charge, Junkins could face up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

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