Police seize drugs, knife, phony inspection stickers from Lincoln man

Posted April 02, 2012, at 11:01 p.m.
Joseph Mansur
Joseph Mansur

BANGOR, Maine — A Lincoln man is facing multiple charges after his arrest Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street.

At the time of his arrest, Joseph Mansur, 55, allegedly was in possession of drugs, an illegal knife and numerous counterfeit inspection stickers, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday, citing an arrest report.

Mansur is charged with unlawful possession of a synthetic hallucinogen, namely bath salts, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

He also is charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, which Edwards said are believed to be amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, possession or use of counterfeit inspection stickers and trafficking in dangerous knives.

Because he was out on bail for a felony charge at the time of his arrest Saturday, Mansur’s charge of violating the conditions of his release was elevated to Class C felony status.

Mansur, who was convicted of running a methamphetamine lab in his home on West Broadway in Lincoln in 2002, was fined $400 and sentenced to five days in jail last month after he admitted in court that he had been in possession of bath salts.

Lincoln police also arrested Mansur last October during a motor vehicle stop for speeding on River Road, which led to police finding slightly more than $10,000 worth of cocaine, bath salts and other drugs in his car and home.

Mansur initially was charged with four counts of aggravated furnishing of drugs, including bath salts, and three kinds of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of an unscheduled drug, methamphetamine, and unlawful possession of cocaine.

Mansur reportedly came to the attention of Bangor police on Friday, when they were called to Eastern Maine Medical Center to look into a matter involving an infant, Edwards said. The details of that incident were not released.

On Saturday, Officer Steve Jordan spotted what he believed to be Mansur’s Ford Expedition at Dunkin’ Donuts, ran the license plate number and determined the vehicle belonged to Mansur, Edwards said.

Because Mansur was out on bail, he was subject to a search, which turned up a tin container containing a white powder that tested positive for bath salts, pills in another container, a knife in a sheath attached to his pants and inspection stickers that all bore the same number.

Police also found bandages and syringes in his possession, Edwards said.

Mansur initially was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment of symptoms that included high blood pressure and a rapid pulse. After he was medically cleared to leave, Mansur was taken to Penobscot County Jail, Edwards said.

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