Early morning stroll sends Orono man to jail for weapon, drug charges

Posted Oct. 25, 2012, at 10:02 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — An Orono man out walking at 3 a.m. was arrested and charged with unlawful drug trafficking and possession of a dangerous weapon after an Old Town police officer discovered there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Roman Nadeau, 25, of Orono was arrested by Officer Christine McAvoy and charged with unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, a Class B offense, and possession of a dangerous weapon, a Class D, after a search.

Nadeau was walking alone down Fourth Street when McAvoy stopped and asked him his name and what he was doing.

“He was in an area where some vehicle break-ins have occurred, so she stopped to check on him,” said Old Town police Sgt. Scott Casey. “After she ran his name through the system, she determined there was an arrest warrant on him for an unpaid fine.”

McAvoy searched Nadeau and found a knife as well as 29 pills that were various types of prescription medications — schedule W drugs — which he had no prescription for.

Casey said the charges may be elevated to aggravated furnishing of scheduled drugs because he was within 1,000 feet of a town-designated “safe zone.” Examples of safe zones are schools, playgrounds and parks. In this case, Nadeau was within 1,000 feet of Old Town High School and the Knights of Columbus Gilman Falls athletic park.

Nadeau was transported to Penobscot County Jail and later released on $500 cash bail. He is scheduled to make his court appearance at Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor on Dec. 6.

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