OLD TOWN, Maine — A Pembroke Drive resident who was not at home called police last week to report someone in his residence, and when police arrived they found an acquaintance of the man asleep in the back bedroom, Sgt. Mike Hashey said Monday.
When police discovered Joshua A. Smith, 28, of Milford at around 4:20 a.m. Sept. 7, they also found a pipe, aluminum foil, baggies containing a white powder, pills and a grinder, the sergeant said.
Officers Christine McAvoy and Brent Fournier also found cigarettes, a bandanna and cash. When they awoke Smith, he told them that everything was his, “except for the drugs,” Hashey said.
Smith was found with diverted prescription drugs, Vicodin and Percocet, and police said they determined that the white power was the synthetic drug bath salts.
Bath salts, a designer drug that became illegal in Maine in July, usually contains mephedrone or methylenedioxypyrovalerone, known as MDPV, which soon will be federally outlawed. Police, doctors and emergency responders have reported signs of paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic behavior in users of the drug.
Smith was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing, two counts of felony unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.
The Pembroke Drive home was unlocked so there was no forced entry, Hashey said. “He knew [the homeowner] but didn’t have permission to be there.”
In the last three years, Smith has been convicted of disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, operating a vehicle under influence of intoxicants, operating a vehicle after habitual offender license revocation, violating condition of his release and twice for possessing marijuana, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.
If convicted of either count of felony unlawful possession of scheduled drugs from last week’s arrest, Smith could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)