Waterville man charged with drug trafficking after police find 2½ pounds of pot in safe

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 11, 2012, at 4:37 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — Cooperation with police saved a Waterville man from being arrested Sunday afternoon when police charged him with aggravated drug trafficking after they reportedly found more than 2½ pounds of marijuana in a safe.

Adam Bajpai, 20, was summoned for aggravated trafficking in a Schedule Z drug after more than 2 pounds of pot were discovered in a safe on North Street, according to Police Chief Joseph Massey, but the charge is a Class B felony charge punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

Police were originally dispatched to the 82 North St. apartment building for the report of a fight. When they arrived, there was no fight but several people were mingling outside the residence.

The female renter told police that Bajpai had been living in the cellar of the building and she wanted him gone.

That had made Bajpai upset and the two argued, according to Massey.

The woman wanted Bajpai gone because she believed he was selling drugs and told officers that Bajpai “had just picked up a pound of marijuana a few days prior to this incident,”

Officers searched a car in the driveway that belonged to another tenant but contained a safe belonging to Bajpai, Massey said. In the safe, officers found 2 pounds, 9 ounces of marijuana and approximately $1,386 in cash.

Police did not arrest Bajpai because he was cooperative with officers when confronted. The charge against him was elevated from a Class C felony to a Class B felony because the property is located within 1,000 feet of the Alfond Youth Center, Massey said.

The car’s owner was cooperative with police as well, Massey said, and a search of the vehicle and the building turned up no other drugs.

Bajpai’s first court appearance is Dec. 30 in Kennebec County Superior Court.

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