A Lewiston man is facing charges after police seized methamphetamine he allegedly tried to throw away during a traffic stop in Hermon.

Why Was the Vehicle Stopped by Police?

Maine State Police Trooper Jordan Bragan noticed a vehicle northbound on I-95 in Hermon that he pulled over for an inspection violation, on the evening of August 24th. The Trooper approached the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Patrick Murico, 29, of Lewiston. During the conversation, Bragan said he noticed several indicators of alleged criminal activity. He went back to his cruiser and requested a backup unit with a police K9 to search the vehicle.

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How Did Police Find the Drugs?

Trooper Bragan was waiting for the K9 unit to arrive when he noticed Murico allegedly throwing items out of his vehicle. The Trooper retrieved the discarded contraband and found it to be 300 grams of methamphetamine. The drugs were divided up into several tied bags.

Murico was arrested and charged with class A trafficking of methamphetamine, unlawful possession of schedule drugs, and trafficking in prison contraband.

Who Should I Contact If I Have Information About Drug Sales?

If you have information about this investigation or the illegal sale of drugs in your community, you're urged to contact your local police agency or the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency nearest you. You can also text MDEA to TIP411 (847411) or by calling the MDEA tip-line at 1-800-452-6457.

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