PORTLAND, Maine — Three people, including a Portland woman, face charges after an Interstate 295 traffic stop turned up a large quantity of drugs and cash, police said.
Maine State Police Trooper Kevin Rooney had stopped a vehicle on Tuesday evening in Scarborough and detected a strong odor of marijuana, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said. The vehicle reportedly was occupied by Sean Bailey, 21, and Brandon Livingston, 20, of Massachusetts.
The trooper found $9,000 in cash inside the car, McCausland said.
Suspecting the men were en route to Portland to purchase drugs, the trooper let the vehicle go, but Maine Drug Enforcement Agency officers followed it to a Portland residence.
A search warrant for the residence was issued after the vehicle was stopped, McCausland said, and police seized 6 pounds of marijuana, two large bags of psychedelic mushrooms and $33,000.
The renter of the apartment, Jessie Frederickson, 31, was charged with aggravated trafficking in marijuana while the Massachusetts men are accused of unlawful trafficking in marijuana.
McCausland said police released the trio after they were summoned on the charges.