Hampden teen facing drug charges after police find marijuana in backpack

Posted June 07, 2012, at 3:28 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A Hampden teenager is facing drug charges after police say they found marijuana in his backpack Wednesday night while authorities were checking on what they thought was a disabled vehicle.

The 17-year-old and his two male passengers were sitting in the boy’s vehicle in what Hampden police Sgt. Scott Webber called a remote part of town when Officer Marc Egan stopped to aid the teenagers because he thought their car was disabled.

The driver’s name was not released because he is a juvenile.

The boys were parked with their lights off, according to Webber, and the driver notified the officer that a friend was en route to aid them, prompting Egan to return to his cruiser, but he never left the scene.

“The officer left them there to wait for their friend and [he] decided to do a verification to make sure they didn’t have warrants,” the sergeant said.

The verification of the driver’s identification revealed that he had a restricted license, meaning he cannot have any passengers outside of immediate family members.

When Egan returned to the vehicle, he could smell an odor of marijuana and asked to search the car, according to Webber.

A search of a backpack turned up an ounce of marijuana, $1,200 in cash, scales, a pot pipe and a grinder, Webber said.

The 17-year-old was arrested and charged with unlawful trafficking in marijuana, a Class D misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released to the custody of his parents, Webber said, while the two passengers were not charged.

The driver is due in court July 24.

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