June 25, 2018
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Orrington man charged with trying to take loaded syringe into jail

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bradford Francis
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A vehicle found in the middle of Jefferson Street on Sunday morning led to the arrest a wanted Orrington man who lied to police and later was found with a syringe loaded with drugs, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday.

Officer Brian Smith was dispatched to Jefferson Street at 7:35 a.m. and found a car in the middle of the road with no one around it. Initially, Smith thought the vehicle rolled into the road after its emergency brake disengaged, but shortly after arriving he was approached by Bradford Francis, 25, who said the vehicle belonged to his mother, Edwards said.

Francis, who was wanted on three outstanding warrants, refused to provide his name at first and attempted to leave, so Smith put him in handcuffs while he checked to see if the car was stolen, Edwards said. That is when Francis “provided a name that turned out to be false,” the sergeant said.

Francis was arrested and taken to the Penobscot County Jail for failing to provide a proper name, two counts of disorderly conduct and for the outstanding warrants. While being booked into jail, intake officers “located a hypodermic needle and a small silver tin with a white residue,” Edwards said.

The needle was loaded with drugs, he said. The white powdery substance is being tested to determine what it is, Edwards said, indicating investigators believe it is cocaine, bath salts or another illegal drug.

Francis was charged with felony trafficking in prison contraband for the needle and tin, and he remained in jail on Monday, a jail official said. The car was towed. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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