Old Town traffic stop results in bath salts, OxyContin trafficking arrest

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 31, 2011, at 4:08 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — A Hampden woman stopped Thursday morning for driving a car through town with a broken taillight was found with both synthetic bath salts and the prescription painkiller OxyContin and was charged with felony trafficking in both drugs, Old Town police Sgt. Scott Casey said.

Ashley M. Homstead, 21, of Hampden was stopped by Officer Brent Fournier around 2:30 a.m. on Stillwater Avenue. Her passenger, Kevin Russell, 37, of Brewer, was out on bail and had court conditions that allow police to search him at any time, Casey said.

A diverted prescription pill was found in the passenger seat, and a purse that belonged to Homstead had diverted OxyContin pills inside, packaged for resale, the sergeant said.

“They had a total of 58 30-milligram OxyContin,” Casey said.

Police said they also found a clear plastic case that contained two small plastic bags of bath salts, empty bags with bath salts residue and diverted prescription pills inside the car.

Homstead, who also had a broken pen police believed was used to ingest drugs, was charged with felony unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs and unlawful trafficking in synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, Casey said.

Russell was charged with felony unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and for violating his bail conditions. Both were taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

Homstead faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of either drug trafficking charge against her, and Russell faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted of the felony unlawful possession charge.

Russell has a number of convictions on his record, most related to illegal vehicle operation, according to prior court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

http://bangordailynews.com/2011/10/31/news/bangor/old-town-traffic-stop-results-in-bath-salts-oxycontin-trafficking-arrest/ printed on December 25, 2014