BREWER, Maine — A Bangor woman is facing multiple drug charges after she apparently ditched contraband prior to a traffic stop last week, police said.
Officers observed a suspicious vehicle in which Stacy Stevens, 33, was a passenger, in the Hannaford parking lot at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sept. 19, according to Brewer Deputy Chief Jason Moffitt.
He said the vehicle made an abrupt turn onto Wilson Street from Hannaford, where it was stopped by Officer Amy Nickerson.
Despite the officer observing slurred speech from Stevens and suspecting she was under the influence of drugs, police had no probable cause to arrest her as she had no contraband in her possession, Moffitt said.
Later that morning, in the same area of Hannaford where the vehicle was spotted, a bag with her identification was discovered, along with bath salts, oxycodone paraphernalia and hypodermic needles, Moffitt explained.
The deputy chief said police believe Stevens ditched the bag containing the drugs and paraphernalia prior to Nickerson conducting the traffic stop. The driver was not charged.
Officer Ed Benjamin located Stevens later that day and placed her under arrest. She was charged with unlawful possession of a scheduled drug, unlawful possession of synthetic hallucinogenic drugs, unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle, and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.
Stevens was brought to Penobscot County Jail and later released on bail.
Correction: An earlier version of this story requires correction. Stacy Stevens was a passenger in the car pulled over by Brewer police, not the driver.