June 20, 2018
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Bangor woman fined after being found with bath salts

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor woman who was arrested Tuesday after police said they found the synthetic drug bath salts in her possession was fined Wednesday after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

Lorraine Hodgdon, 30, was arrested after Bangor police officer David Farrar stopped the car in which she was a passenger behind 154 Hammond St. about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Farrar was watching the area for possible drug activity, according to court documents. The officer stopped the car after the three people in it ducked down as it passed him.

Hodgdon admitted that she had bath salts in her possession, according to court documents. In addition to that drug, police said they found marijuana, a spoon with residue, a straw with residue, two rubber tourniquets and five needles in the bag in which the bath salts were found.

The woman pleaded guilty Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to a misdemeanor drug charge. District Court Judge John Lucy ordered Hodgdon to pay a $400 fine at the rate of $50 a month.

She remained Wednesday night at the Penobscot County Jail unable to post $250 cash bail on a warrant out of Somerset County on a failure-to-appear charge. Information on the underlying charge was not available late Wednesday.

In a separate case, Cassandra Ellen Socobasin, 22, of Indian Township pleaded guilty Wednesday to criminal operating under the influence of alcohol in a September incident that destroyed a Bangor fire hydrant.

Socobasin was arrested Monday in Washington County on a failure-to-appear warrant out of Penobscot County. She spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Penobscot County Jail.

She was arrested and released Sept. 16 after she drove her car over a fire hydrant and into a telephone pole at 1040 Kenduskeag Ave., according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office. Two hours after the accident, Socobasin’s blood-alcohol level was 0.14 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Assistant District Attorney Susan Pope said Wednesday after Socobain’s court appearance.

Lucy imposed a fine of $500 and suspended Socobasin’s driver’s license for 90 days after she entered her guilty plea. He also ordered her to pay $3,448 in restitution to replace the hydrant.

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