Traffic stop for defective vehicle in Freeport leads to drug charges against Auburn man, Lewiston woman

Posted March 14, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.

FREEPORT, Maine — An Auburn man stopped by police for driving a defective car faces drug trafficking charges after officers allegedly found him carrying 8.5 grams of cocaine.

A female passenger was also arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in dangerous knives.

William Tardif, 45, was stopped at 9:19 a.m. March 6, on Durham Road, after police saw his vehicle — which was allegedly speeding — appeared to have front-end damage from a crash serious enough to keep it off the road, according to Freeport police Lt. Susan Nourse.

Officers then became suspicious that Tardiff was under the influence of alcohol because they allegedly saw open containers of alcohol in the car.

Tiffiny Fitzpatrick, 27, of Lewiston was the passenger charged after police allegedly found Suboxone in her pocketbook, a pipe that allegedly contained cocaine, and a knife that could be activated with a push button, Nourse said.

Fitzpatrick also allegedly had baking soda used to cut cocaine and “other evidence connecting her to the cocaine,” including ledgers, police said.

Both were charged with Class B trafficking in drugs. Tardif was also charged with speeding 20-24 mph over the limit, and Fitzpatrick with trafficking in dangerous knives.

A third passenger in the car was questioned and released, Nourse said.

Tardif and Fitzpatrick were taken to Cumberland County Jail. Both have since been released. They are each scheduled to appear in Portland Superior Court on May 20.

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