Presque Isle police pluck pot out of pickup on Presidents Day

Posted Feb. 21, 2012, at 2:30 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 21, 2012, at 5:45 p.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Following up on a tip, local police stopped a pickup truck traveling through town Monday morning and charged a New Brunswick man with trafficking in marijuana and hashish.

Dozer, the department’s drug-sniffing dog, indicated that there were drugs in the Canadian man’s 2005 GMC pickup truck after it was stopped at about 8:40 a.m., Cpl. Wayne Selfridge said in a press release issued Tuesday.

Police found in the vehicle 5.2 pounds of marijuana and half a pound of hashish, with a street value of $5,400, Selfridge reported.

The name of the 27-year-old Canadian driver was not released because the investigation is ongoing, Presque Isle Police Chief Matt Irwin said Tuesday.

“It was a tip that he would be carrying the dope and coming through town” that led to the traffic stop on north Main Street, Irwin said.

The Canadian man was charged with two counts of felony unlawful trafficking in marijuana and hashish, Selfridge said. Along with the drugs, $375 in cash was seized and the pickup truck was impounded.

Detectives have been able to determine that the drugs were “just kind of passing through” and that the buyers do not live in Maine, Irwin said.

The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement are working with Presque Isle police on the case, the police chief said.