June 21, 2018
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2 arrested after crack cocaine allegedly found in vehicle during traffic stop in Gray

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

GRAY, Maine — Two people from Lewiston were arrested on Sunday evening after a traffic stop uncovered crack cocaine, police said.

Tanya Cahill, 27, and William Murchison, 29, are both accused of aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, according to Cmdr. Scott Pelletier of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.

State police had conducted a traffic stop on their vehicle near the Gray exit of the Maine Turnpike at 8 p.m. Sunday, according to Pelletier. MDEA agents had alerted state troopers that the vehicle was possibly carrying narcotics from Boston to Lewiston.

Cahill, who was driving the vehicle, had a suspended license and initially provided police a false name before being identified, Pelletier said. Police also noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and Murchison admitted to having nonmedical marijuana on him.

A search of the car turned up 9 ounces of prepackaged crack cocaine, which were destined for distribution in the Lewiston area, Pelletier said.

Both suspects were placed under arrest and are being held on $10,000 bail at the Cumberland County Jail, Pelletier said. The street value of the crack cocaine is $25,000.

The incident remains under investigation and more arrests are expected.

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