Dover-Foxcroft couple face drug charges after Holden incident

Posted Sept. 03, 2014, at 9:01 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — A Dover-Foxcroft couple is facing drug charges after a Holden police officer reportedly saw their Chevrolet Blazer parked near a Main Road business that was closed at the time and stopped to investigate.

Willis Knowles, 43, and his wife, Josephine Knowles, 40, were in a grove of trees about 5:30 p.m. Sunday when Holden police Sgt. Chris Greeley pulled into the parking lot of Viking Lumber.

“With any business, when we see vehicles parked there, we want to pay attention to it if it is closed,” he said.

When he arrived, the couple emerged from the wooded area to see what was going on, Greeley said.

Greeley said he asked for their IDs and detected the odor of marijuana. He said the couple admitted to having smoked pot in the woods.

A search of their vehicle turned up drugs and drug paraphernalia, the sergeant said.

Willis Knowles was charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Greeley said. Josephine Knowles was charged with possession of 16 Tylenol tablets containing codeine, which is a controlled substance, and possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Greeley said that he could have arrested Josephine Knowles on the possession of scheduled drugs charge but chose not to because there was a child in the back seat of their vehicle.

The Knowles are scheduled to appear at the Penobscot County Judicial Center next month, he said.

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