Waterville police find crack during random car search

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted April 23, 2012, at 12:21 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Winslow man on probation for a drug offense is in trouble again after two pipes and crack cocaine were discovered in his vehicle Saturday, according to police.

Just after 11:35 p.m., Waterville police Officer Tristan Russell recognized a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo being driven by Kenneth Lachance, 57, of Winslow, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey. Lachance’s probation conditions allow for random searches, and when Russell pulled the vehicle over he smelled marijuana on Lachance’s passenger, Ryan Mann, 31, of Waterville.

A search turned up two metal pipes, both of which had burnt ends, in the front passenger side door, and Russell later found a cigarette box containing “two small chunks of crack cocaine,” Rumsey said.

Both men were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of drugs, a Class C felony, Rumsey said. A probation hold was also placed on Lachance, who has previous drug charges on his record.

Mann, who is not on probation, was later released on $1,000 cash bail while Lachance was taken to the Kennebec County Jail. The two men are due in Kennebec County Superior Court on June 26.

They face up to 10 years in jail if convicted.

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