HOLDEN, Maine — What began as a routine traffic stop on Wednesday resulted in felony drug and other charges for a Bangor man.
The episode that led to the arrest of Matthew B. Dangelo, 25, began about 3:50 p.m., when Holden police Sgt. Eugene Fizell responded to a report that a black Hyundai Elantra was operating erratically, Fizell said Thursday.
Fizell located and stopped the car and determined, among other things, that Dangelo’s driver’s license was under suspension and that Dangelo was subject to bail conditions from a prior arrest, including that he not commit another crime while on bail and that he was subject to searches.
During the subsequent search of the Elantra, a clear plastic bag with a ball of white powder was found in the driver’s door storage area, Fizell said. Field testing by Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Saucier, who currently is assigned to the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, indicated that the substance was cocaine.
Dangelo, who also had a waistband holster on his right hip, told Fizell that there was a gun under the driver’s seat, Fizell said. The gun, a loaded Glock .40 caliber, was found and confiscated as were Dangelo’s gun accessories and 14 grams of cocaine.
Dangelo was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail, Fizell said. He is charged with Class A felony cocaine trafficking while in possession of a firearm, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000, as well as operating after suspension and violating the conditions of his release.
About 11 p.m., staff from Penobscot County Jail reported that a packet of drugs was found in Dangelo’s wallet while he was being booked.
Holden police Officer Ryan Freeman placed the packet and the cash in the wallet into evidence, Fizell said. The substance in the packet is believed to be heroin, he said.
Also assisting in the case were Cpl. Bobby Pelletier and Deputy Steve Boyd of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office.
Dangelo is being held without bail and is scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on Friday, Fizell said.