Orrington man arrested on felony trafficking charge

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, at 9:46 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — A strong smell of fresh marijuana coming from a car in the Pine Street parking lot reportedly led to the arrest of an Orrington man early Friday morning.

Joshua Lapointe, 21, had more than a pound of marijuana at the time of his arrest, as well as scales, rolling papers, plastic bags, pipes and what Orono police Sgt. Scott Lajoie called “a large amount of cash.”

The marijuana was in three large resealable plastic bags — two of them weighing in at more than 8 ounces each and the other at about 3.5 ounces — inside of a plastic shopping bag in the trunk of Lapointe’s car, Lajoie said.

As a result, Lapointe was charged with Class C felony trafficking in marijuana, Lajoie said.

Lapointe came to the attention of Orono police Officer Jason Zalva about 12:40 a.m. when Zalva spotted his car in the Pine Street parking lot, Lajoie said, citing the arrest report. The car’s trunk and one of the side doors were partly open.

When Zalva approached the people in the car, he reportedly detected the smell of both burned and fresh marijuana and noted Lapointe exhibited signs of having smoked it.

Lapointe, who was taken to Penobscot County Jail after his arrest, since has been released on bail. The three passengers in his car at the time of his arrest were not charged.

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