BREWER, Maine — An expired inspection sticker caught the attention of Brewer police Officer Thom Tardiff last week, and he found morphine, heroin and other diverted prescription drugs when he conducted the traffic stop, Cpl. Steve Boyd said Monday night.
Jeremy D. Ward, 36, of East Machias was driving the vehicle, which had an inspection sticker that had expired in November 2013, said Boyd, who assisted Tardiff. Ward was stopped on North Main Street in the early evening of March 17.
He and both of his passengers were arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail last week and only Ward remained in jail Monday night, a jail official said.
His passengers included Bangor residents Alisha M. Harmon, 23, and Carson G. Stimus, 20, who was wanted on an outstanding warrant. She was found in possession of diverted morphine, Tylenol with codeine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Harmon was charged with felony unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, for the morphine, which is a Class B crime that could send her to prison for up to 10 years and require her to pay a $20,000 fine, if convicted. She also was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.
Ward was found in possession of heroin, Adderall, lorazepam, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with felony Class B possession of scheduled drugs, as well as possession of a usable amount of marijuana, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended or revoked license, Boyd said.
He faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, if convicted of the drug charge.