Police foil alleged bicycle drug deal

Posted Aug. 26, 2011, at 3 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — Two men were charged in connection with a drug deal after the men had bicycled onto the Belfast footbridge to complete their transaction, police say.

Christopher H. Sudsbury, 39, of Belfast was arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana and two counts of possession of scheduled drugs.

Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department said he had been on the U.S. Route 1 bridge, looking for a particular man, and thought he spotted him on the footbridge along with another person and two bicycles. He radioed to have other officers detain the people until he could talk to them.

“They don’t have cars. That’s why they were on bikes,” Cunningham said.

When the police stopped Sudsbury and Thomas P. Cross, 23, they allegedly found the men had just engaged in a drug deal. Sudsbury reportedly had sold a plastic bag of marijuana to Cross for $25.

At one point during the discussion with police, Sudsbury walked away from the officers, who noticed that a plastic bag of pills was on the ground where he had been standing, according to Cunningham.

The bag apparently was tied with the same kind of knot used for the plastic bag of marijuana, he said. The bag allegedly contained Xanax and Ritalin.

Sudsbury was taken to Waldo County Jail, where he was booked and bailed.

Cross was issued a summons for possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

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