POLICE BEAT

Bangor man found slumped in running car arrested on drug charges

Posted Oct. 19, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.

BANGOR. Maine — A local man who was found slumped over in a running car early Tuesday morning was arrested on several drug charges — including trafficking in a synthetic hallucinogenic drug — after city police found white powder they believe to be “bath salts” in his vehicle.

The trafficking charge that 21-year-old Steven Orosco is facing is a Class B felony, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday, citing a police report. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $20,000 or both.

Edwards said Orosco also was charged with operating without a license, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a scheduled drug other than bath salts but said it was not immediately clear from the police report what items led to those charges.

Although he was arrested, Orosco was not taken to Penobscot County Jail. He was released on bail from the police station, Edwards said.

The incident that led to Orosco’s arrest began about 6:45 a.m. when city police officers were called to Division Street to check a report of an unresponsive male slumped over in a running car.

Orosco initially did not respond to officers’ efforts to rouse him but eventually did come around, Edwards said.

Edwards said the powder found in Orosco’s car is being tested to determine if it is indeed bath salts.

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