FREEPORT, Maine — Two Connecticut residents arrested in Freeport last week on suspicion of theft were later charged with trafficking in prison contraband after jail officials say they found drugs hidden in their body cavities.
The pair was picked up by local police after officers saw a white van back down the onramp to Interstate 295 at the Desert Road exit just before 3 p.m. Friday, Freeport police Lt. Susan Nourse said Tuesday.
When police questioned the pair, the driver, Kenneth Fowler, 50, and his passenger, Keashie Walker, 42, both of Hartford, Conn., said they had taken the wrong exit and were trying to get back onto I-295, according to Nourse.
A check of Fowler, however, determined that his driver’s license had been suspended in Connecticut. He was arrested for operating without a license in Maine.
Police became more suspicious when they noticed bags of merchandise in the back of the van, Nourse said.
“The merchandise was in black plastic bags and there was a lot of it,” she said.
The officers then sealed the van and requested a search warrant.
Both suspects were found to have drugs in their possession.
When they took her to the police station, Walker was found to have “cocaine powder in crack form on her person,” Nourse said.
When police took the pair to Cumberland County Jail, jail officials conducting a search of each, discovering heroin and cocaine hidden in Fowler’s clothing and in a body cavity, and cocaine in a body cavity of Walker’s, according to Nourse.
Fowler and Walker both were charged with theft by receiving stolen property, unlawful trafficking in Schedule W drugs and trafficking in prison contraband — the latter charge because of the drugs found during a search at the jail, Nourse said. Fowler also was charged with operating a vehicle without a license and attaching false plates.
Both were held in Cumberland County Jail over the weekend on $1,500 bail each, according to Nourse. Both remained in jail Tuesday after making their first appearances in court that afternoon.