Newport man facing drug charges after allegedly running stop sign

Posted Nov. 06, 2013, at 2:13 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — A Newport man is facing drug charges after contraband was found in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Saturday, police said.

Matthew Graves, 29, was stopped after Hampden police Officer Jim Ryan saw him run the stop sign at the Colbrook Road off-ramp from I-95, according to Officer Joel Small.

By the time Ryan caught up with Graves’ vehicle, he had turned onto Odlin Road, according to Small. Graves was pulled over without incident.

Upon checking the vehicle, an undisclosed amount of pills and marijuana were found in Graves’ car, Small said.

Graves was cooperative and was arrested without incident, the officer said. He was charged with unlawful possession of a schedule drug, a Class C felony, and unlawful trafficking of a schedule drug, a Class B felony.

Graves was brought to Penobscot County Jail and later released on bail. His first court date is Dec. 13.

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