Massachusetts man found with 20 pounds of pot in Lewiston

LEWISTON — A Massachusetts man remained in jail Sunday night on $20,000 cash bond after a traffic stop earlier that day led to the discovery of 20 pound of marijuana in his truck.

Mark D. Lyons

Mark D. Lyons, 53, of 27 Central Ave., Braintree, Mass., was charged Sunday afternoon with unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs after his suspicious actions drew the attention of a Lewiston police officer.

Lewiston police Lt. Marc Robitaille said Lyons was finally stopped at mile marker 78 on Interstate 95 south, but had caught the attention of officer Matt Vierling minutes earlier on Alfred Plourde Parkway.

Robitaille said that Vierling was parked on the side of Alfred Plourde Parkway following an unrelated traffic stop, when Lyons, who was traveling toward the southbound ramp of Interstate 95, suddenly stopped in the middle of the road and refused to drive past the stopped police officer even when motioned to do so by Vierling.

"It appeared Lyons didn't want him (Vierling) to get behind him," Robitaille said.

Robitaille said Vierling reported in his affidavit that he found Lyons' actions suspicious and decided to follow him. The officer noted that Lyons swerved several times and seemed to be reaching over to the passenger side of the vehicle several times.

Robitaille said that Vierling followed Lyons onto the southbound interstate, where Lyons continued to swerve between the lanes and reach over to the passenger side. Vierling then pulled him over.

During the routine stop, Robitaille said that Vierling noted a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. Lyons showed him a marijuana cigarette he had hidden in the cab of the truck, but Vierling, a former drug agent, thought there was something more to the story and asked to search the vehicle.

Lyons consented, and Lewiston police officer Todd Macwhinnie, who assisted in the search, discovered the marijuana in the bed of the truck Lyons was driving.

Robitaille said more than $2,000 cash was also found in the cab of the truck.

"I just want to give kudos to Matt," Robitaille said. "It was a really good stop."

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

I don't care

I'm not ashamed of being a flatlander, even after thirty something years. Roger seems more exited about it than I do. I think Cathy just hates Massachusetts. Well so do I.

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it's not that I hate massachusettes just the idiots that live there. There are some good ones there but when they come here and speed down rural streets and give you the F$#k off look just because you won't let them pass, they honk thier horns. I drive school bus and I've seen more plates from mass pass my bus in a school zone where it's 15 mph doing 40-45 or faster. It's a school zone for the safety of the kids. Of course the ones from mass don't care because there kids are in mass. If the guy wanted to sell pot tell him to stay in mass we don't need any more trash here we have enough already.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Cathy I agree with you

Cathy I can sympathize with you, I agree 100%. I not only drove school buses in Massachusetts but also in New Hampshire. I also drove tractor trailers for twenty plus years. I used to tell people that when I retire, the first thing I'm going to do is rent the biggest motor home I can find, just to drive on the interstate at forty-five miles per hour. That was my pet peeve. Unfortunately I ended up going back to school instead. I promise I'll do my best not to be a "mass hole", trust me. I know just who your talking about.

Andrew Jones's picture

Lewiston saw Auburn's drug

Lewiston saw Auburn's drug bust last week and had to one-up them. 20 pounds of pot! Wow!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Just another undocumented

Just another undocumented pharmacist making sure the medicinal marijuana clinics don't run out of medicine.

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leave it to the mass holes. And they complain about our driving here in maine. Mass holes. Kudos to the officer.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Mainers sure don't mind

Mainers sure don't mind taking their money in the summer, though, do they?

Lori Savage's picture

gould men get busted with 20 pounds

i now a father and son that got busted for 20 pounds. it mysteriously dissapeared, they got a slap on the wrist.charges dropped! ratted on a few people.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Whoever paid this guy to

Whoever paid this guy to transport the Pot should have probably hired someone with a little more intelligence. Good job by the PD, though.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Someone with a little more

Someone with a little more intelligence wouldn't have taken the gig.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Is it any wonder

Is it any wonder I don't tell people I'm originally from Massachusetts.


PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Being from Mass. is nothing

Being from Mass. is nothing to be ashamed of, Frank; trust me.

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Am I the only one that finds

Am I the only one that finds it funny when someone calls someone else an idiot, then goes on to misspell words? I am not trying to be picky, but when you insult someone at least do it correctly. :)

FRANK EARLEY's picture

I think you replied to the wrong person

I never insulted anyone. I was the one who was insulted.

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