June 21, 2018
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Bangor transient found with drugs at jail

Clover Vega
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A wanted local woman who was warned multiple times last week that she would be charged with a felony if police found drugs on her was later charged with felony trafficking in prison contraband when jail intake officers found diverted pills, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said on Thursday.

Clover Vega, 27, a transient, was wanted for two outstanding warrants and placed under arrest at around 11:30 a.m. on May 23 after police responded to a report of a family fight in a car parked near the Penobscot Judicial Center on Exchange Street.

Drugs were found in Vega’s purse and she was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and violating her bail conditions.

At that point, police were told she had more drugs hidden on her body, but she denied she had any drugs, even after police gave her several warnings that she would be charged with a felony.

“She said she understood and that she didn’t have anything on her,” Edwards said.

When Vega got to the Penobscot County Jail, intake officers found diverted prescription Seroquel, an antipsychotic, hidden on her and she was charged with the felony prison contraband charge, the sergeant said.

Vega could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted. She remained in jail on Thursday night, Edwards said.

Vega’s criminal history, which dates to at least 2006, shows several convictions for theft, driving while under the influence of intoxicants and driving after suspension or revocations in Penobscot and Waldo counties, according to court listings from the Bangor Daily News archives.

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