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East Millinocket police seize pound of marijuana, arrest 2 suspects

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MEDWAY, Maine — East Millinocket police seized a pound of marijuana and arrested two people after police officers, game wardens and a sheriff’s deputy raided a home at 594 Pattagumpus Road on Wednesday, Police Chief Cameron McDunnah said Thursday.

Ted Fiske, 49, and Michelle Somers, 39, both of that address, were charged with unlawful furnishing of Schedule Z drugs shortly after the execution of the search warrant, McDunnah said.

More charges are possible. The Penobscot County district attorney’s office is reviewing the case, McDunnah said.

The raid occurred after police received or developed information at around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday of illegal drug production or use at the address. They raided the home hours later and found the processed marijuana, plus growing supplies and other drug paraphernalia, McDunnah said.

East Millinocket police officers Bradley Fitzgerald, Jon Glidden, Lamont Ouellette, plus Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Knights and Sgt. Ron Dunham, and Jim Davis of the Maine Warden Service participated in the raid. The suspects surrendered without incident, McDunnah said.

Police found signs that a marijuana-growing operation had occurred at the home, but not recently, McDunnah said. McDunnah said he had no idea how much the marijuana was worth in street value.

“I am just pleased with the guys getting good information and acting on it,” McDunnah said of his officers.

Both suspects posted bail and are due in Millinocket District Court on Jan. 9, McDunnah said.

The marijuana arrests and seizure are the second in about a month for East Millinocket police, who are contracted to cover Medway.

S ix to eight pounds of marijuana were seized and four men arrested in early October as police capped a nearly three-month investigation into Katahdin region drug sales.

George Sprague, 30, and Ethan Hitchcock, 22, both of Medway, and Kevin Day, 49, and Chris Willigar, 29, both of East Millinocket, were charged late Friday with cultivation of marijuana. They posted bail and are due in Millinocket District Court on Dec. 5, McDunnah has said.

Police used confidential informants and surveillance to build a case charging that Day and the other suspects grew the plants on banks of the East Branch of the Penobscot River in Soldiertown Township and in fields nearby before taking it to Day’s home on Maple Street for processing and eventual sale, McDunnah said.

Police believe that the suspects used two-way radios to conduct countersurveillance as part of their operation, McDunnah said.

That investigation is unrelated to Wednesday’s arrests, McDunnah said.

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