June 24, 2018
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Three teenagers face drug, alcohol charges after traffic stop in China

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

CHINA, Maine — Three teenagers are facing charges after drugs and alcohol were found in their vehicle during a traffic stop on Friday, police said.

Trooper James MacDonald of the State Police had stopped the vehicle on Route 3 after it failed to come to a stop while making a right turn at a red light, a police report indicates.

Upon questioning the juveniles, three 16-year-old boys, MacDonald noticed several beer cases in the back seat and an odor of marijuana.

The trooper also learned the teens were en route to a party in town, according to the report.

The driver was charged with illegal possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; one passenger was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and the other with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, the report said.

Later that evening, police went to Fire Road 43 in China, which is where the three teenagers were heading and discovered an underage drinking party was indeed occurring.

When police arrived on scene, several intoxicated juveniles were sitting around a campfire, according to the report.

MacDonald estimated there were between 10 and 15 underage drinkers at the party, none of whom were charged.

The homeowner, 57-year-old William Levesque, denied knowing about the drunk teenagers, the report said.

Levesque was charged with furnishing alcohol to minors but not arrested, MacDonald said.

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