May 27, 2018
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Dirty license plate leads to drug bust in Brewer

By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — A Bangor man was arrested for possession of oxycodone and could face additional charges after his dirty license plate initially attracted the attention of law enforcement officials in Brewer Saturday night.

“The suspect’s truck had a plate that was fully obstructed by salt and dirt, so I followed it,” said Maine State Police Trooper Tom Pappas.

Pappas watched the pickup driven by Michael S. Harris, 48, of Bangor drive around the parking lot at Vacationland Inn on Wilson Street several times before stopping him just before 11 p.m.

“I noticed he was circling the parking lot of the hotel 5 or 6 times, so I stopped him for the plate and to find out what he was circling for,” Pappas said. “He said he was looking for his girlfriend, who he thought was cheating on him.”

Pappas said the interior of the truck smelled like marijuana.

“He admitted to having some on him. He also said he didn’t have his medical marijuana certification,” he said.

Pappas searched the truck and found 15 oxycodone tablets in the center console of the vehicle that were not prescribed to him.

“I arrested him and charged him with possession of a schedule D drug and took him to Penobscot County Jail,” said Pappas, who was monitoring the area along I-395 as part of a drug patrol. “He was totally cooperative.”

Harris was bailed out at 1:35 a.m. Sunday and is due for a March 14 court appearance.

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