Three midcoast residents charged in Waterville after bath salts found in vehicle

Travis Griffin
Waterville Police Department
Travis Griffin
Posted Nov. 22, 2011, at 11:41 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:05 p.m.
Paul Mahonen
Waterville Police Department
Paul Mahonen
Meredith Finley
Waterville Police Department
Meredith Finley

WATERVILLE, Maine — A trio of midcoast residents are behind bars after bath salts and cash were seized from their vehicle early Saturday, police said Tuesday.

Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said Sgt. Dan Ames stopped a vehicle traveling the wrong way on a one-way street downtown and, while he was in the process of speaking with the driver and her two passengers, discovered 3.5 ounces of the illegal drug bath salts and $1,800 cash in the glove compartment.

Arrested were Merideth Finley, 27, of Rockland, Paul Mahonen, 34, of South Thomaston, and Travis Griffin, 26, of Warren, Rumsey said.

All three suspects were charged with trafficking in bath salts, a Class B felony. Mahonen also was charged with violating conditions of release, Rumsey said.

A further investigation of the suspects’ car led to four containers that were locked. Police also seized those, according to Rumsey, and a search warrant was subsequently obtained.

When police opened the containers, they discovered another half-ounce of bath salts and $200 in cash.

Rumsey said that a large amount packaging materials and baggies were discovered in the vehicle as well.

The suspects were taken to the Kennebec County Jail, with bail set at $5,000 for each.

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