POLICE BEAT

Driver, passenger face slew of charges after Brewer traffic stop

Posted Nov. 01, 2011, at 4:03 p.m.
Sean Eriksen
Courtesy of Brewer Police Department
Sean Eriksen

BREWER, Maine — The open bottle of vodka sitting in the console between the front seats and the smell of alcohol were clues that a Holden woman was breaking the law Monday night, Brewer police Lt. Chris Martin said Tuesday.

She was hit with six charges and her passenger, Sean Eriksen, 33, of Brewer, went to jail for having four different drugs — synthetic bath salts, oxycodone, Ritalin and marijuana, the lieutenant said.

Eriksen, who is on probation, had the diverted prescription pills inside a pen when he went into the Penobscot County Jail and also was charged with felony trafficking in prison contraband, Martin said.

Amber Robertsen, 22, was stopped around 9:30 p.m. by Officer Edwardo Benjamin, who searched Eriksen because he has court conditions that allow police to search him at any time.

“He had a baggie of white powder, marijuana and drug paraphernalia,” Martin said.

Police determined the white powder was synthetic bath salts.

Eriksen was arrested and charged with possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs and possession of marijuana. He was taken to jail, which was when the pen that contained the pills was discovered. He then was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and felony trafficking in prison contraband.

Robertsen was charged with having an open container, operating after suspension, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, having a suspended license and failure to register a vehicle after more than 30 days.

Eriksen remained in jail Tuesday afternoon, a jail official said.

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