Rockland traffic stop leads to arrest of pair on drug charges

Posted Jan. 02, 2014, at 11:52 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Two people were arrested early Thursday morning after police allegedly found a large quantity of drugs on them following a traffic stop.

Officers Jacob Shirley and Andrew Redden stopped a vehicle driving erratically on Payne Avenue shortly after midnight, according to a news release from the Rockland Police Department. The operator of the vehicle, Dedrick Huff, 44, of Washington and New York City failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested for operating under the influence.

When searching Huff, officers also found a large amount of assorted drugs, according to the release. Huff was in possession of approximately 35 grams of crack cocaine, five grams of cocaine, 45 oxymorphone pills, 40 methadone pills and a small amount of suboxone, the officers reported.

In addition to the OUI, Huff was charged with aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine, unlawful furnishing oxymorphone, possession of cocaine, possession of methadone and possession of suboxone.

Nicole Leigh, 23, of Washington, a passenger in the car, was arrested on a probation violation, according to the release. When she was taken to the jail, she also was found to be in possession of a small amount of crack cocaine and was charged in addition with violating conditions of release, trafficking in prison contraband, and possession of crack cocaine, police reported.