May 27, 2018
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Bangor man arrested on drug, knife charges

Eugene Caston
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man wanted on three active warrants — one of them for failing to pay a fine for possession of a synthetic hallucinogen — was arrested Thursday on a variety of drug and weapon charges.

The series of incidents that led to the arrest of Eugene Roy Caston, 50, began about 3:30 p.m. when Bangor police Officer Steve Pelletier spotted a person he believed was connected to bath salts activity, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday, citing an arrest report.

The officer followed the car from Willow Street to Cumberland Street, where it pulled into a driveway, Edwards said. The officer approached Caston, confirmed he was wanted on warrants and placed him in handcuffs.

“He was cooperative,” Edwards said.

A subsequent search of the two jackets Caston was wearing turned up four knives — three of which were illegal — as well as drugs, Edwards said.

“He was just loaded with stuff. There was all kinds of paraphernalia,” Edwards said, citing the report.

Among the items seized from the jackets were alcohol “prep” pads, tourniquet tubes, vials, spoons, syringes, and small bags containing a white powder that in initial field testing indicated the presence of methylenedioxypyrovalerone, also known as MDPV, a component used to produce bath salts.

Caston also had what Edwards described as “some sort of makeshift keychain” that contained several pills. Edwards was not immediately able to say what type of pills Caston had but said that the pills and the powder are undergoing further testing.

Caston is facing charges of unlawful possession of a synthetic hallucinogen with one prior conviction, elevating the charge to a Class C felony; unlawful possession of oxycodone, also a Class C felony; two charges of possessing scheduled drugs; and trafficking in dangerous knives.

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