Suspicious package in Rockland destroyed

Posted Feb. 21, 2012, at 4:47 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 21, 2012, at 5:48 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A package destined for a shopping center here was destroyed after a suspicious powder was detected.

Deputy Rockland Police Chief Wally Tower said Tuesday that the department received a call shortly before 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, from United Parcel Service on Merrill Drive. Security workers at UPS detected the powder in a package that was addressed to be delivered to 75 Maverick St., which is the location of the Rockland Plaza Shopping Center.

Tower said personnel suspected the powder may have been some type of drug. Tests on the powder were insufficient to determine exactly what it was, but did rule out drugs or hazardous material.

The package was destroyed, the deputy chief said.

The Rockland Plaza Shopping Center has several businesses including Hannaford supermarket and J.C. Penney. No more specific address was listed.