MDEA, Bangor police arrest 3 in Essex Street drug raid

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Dec. 16, 2011, at 8:49 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — State drug enforcement agents and members of the Bangor Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team arrested three people after executing a search warrant at an Essex Street apartment.

They also seized 60 grams of the synthetic hallucinogen known as bath salts and a .22-caliber handgun, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency Division Commander Darrell Crandall said Friday in a news release issued on behalf of both law enforcement agencies.

Crandall estimated the street value of the confiscated drugs at $6,000.

The apartment the officers raided, located at 202 Essex St., is rented to Seth Martin, 22, who was home at the time of the raid, along with seven others, Crandall said. Agents and officers reportedly found an assortment of prescription drugs, including hydrocodone, on Martin as well as on Adam Hathorn, 33, also of Bangor.

Both men were charged with possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, a misdemeanor, and possession of hydrocodone, a Class C felony, he said.

Hathorn also was arrested on a charge of violating bail conditions and Martin was arrested on an active warrant for failure to pay fines on a previous drug conviction, Crandall said.

Thursday’s arrest was the second this week for Hathorn.

He was arrested on Monday by Old Town police Officer James Slauenwhite while riding with two others in a rental car reported stolen from Rent-A-Wreck in Hampden after it was not returned on time, Old Town police Sgt. Michael Hashey said Thursday.

Hashey said Hathorn had a small bag of bath salts in his shirt pocket at the time and was charged with possession of a synthetic hallucinogen.

Also arrested as a result of Thursday’s raid was Amanda Dinsmore, 28, Crandall said. She was taken to jail on a warrant for drug possession.

Martin and Hathorn are scheduled to make initial court appearances at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Monday, he said.

“Given the well-documented behavior exhibited by many of those abusing so-called ‘bath salts,’ it is disconcerting to find these drugs and firearms in combination. It is simply not safe and is a recipe for disaster,” Crandall said.

The public is encouraged to report drug crimes to their local police or MDEA.

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