BANGOR, Maine — An Orono man who was subject to search conditions was charged with falsifying physical evidence Saturday after he tried to get rid of a white powdery substance during a traffic stop.
Shawn Cunningham, 36, who was out on bail at the time of his arrest, is facing charges of falsifying physical evidence and violating the conditions of his release from a prior arrest, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday, citing an arrest report.
According to Edwards, Cunningham was arrested after he was pulled over about 7:30 p.m. on Union Street by Officer Shawn Green, who was aware that Cunningham was subject to police searches at any time.
As part of his search, Green looked in Cunningham’s wallet, which contained among other things a $100 bill and a $20 bill, both of which were folded, Edwards said.
Green unfolded the $100 bill first, Edwards said. When the officer began to open up the $20 bill, he saw that it held an unknown white powder.
As Green was examining the powder, Cunningham “leaned forward and blew the white powder across the trunk of the car,” Edwards said.
Although Edwards said it was not clear to police what the powder was, Cunningham was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail. Cunningham is now out on bail.