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Milford, Passadumkeag men charged with marijuana trafficking

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

PASSADUMKEAG, Maine — A drug investigation by the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office led deputies last week to a Caribou Road residence, where they found a patch of marijuana that resulted in two felony drug trafficking arrests, Deputy Chief Troy Morton said Tuesday.

Sheriff’s deputies, working in partnership with agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, executed a search warrant for drugs at around 9 p.m. Sept. 21.

“Over 110 marijuana plants were eradicated from the property,” Morton said. “Some more marijuana plants being processed were located in the buildings on the property.”

The property has a single-wide trailer and a camp, which is where William Tash, 30, was residing, according to Morton, who said a large amount of marijuana was found inside the two dwellings.

Tash was arrested and charged with felony unlawful trafficking in marijuana.

“As a result of that, a second search warrant was executed the following day on the County Road in Milford,” Morton said.

Daniel R. Pattershall, 45, owns both properties. He was contacted by phone on Sept. 21 about the Passadumkeag pot farm and turned himself into police at around 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, the deputy chief said. He also was charged with felony unlawful trafficking in marijuana.

“He’s got a previous [arrest] for unlawful trafficking” from 1996, Morton said of Pattershall.

Deputies, who used the sheriff department’s mobile crime lab, found a small amount of drugs and drug paraphernalia at his Milford home, Morton said.

Pattershall was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury in April 1996 for unlawful drug trafficking, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

He has convictions for disorderly conduct from 2007, unlawful all-terrain vehicle operation in 2004, failure to register a vehicle in 2002 and operating an ATV on public way in 2000. He was fined $400 for possession of marijuana in 1996.

Both Pattershall and Tash face up to five years in prison and fines of up to $5,000 if convicted of the felony drug trafficking charges against them. Both were booked into Penobscot County Jail and have been released, Morton said, adding that the investigation is continuing.

“It’s going to take us quite awhile to get this processed,” the deputy chief said.

Morton also thanked the DEA for its assistance.

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