Taillight leads to two drug arrests


RUMFORD — A routine traffic stop on Saturday night led to the arrests of two men after police discovered illegal drugs in their vehicle.

Allen C. Hold, 19, of Hemlock Point in Indian Township, and Christian L. Ogden, 22, of Engletown Road in Honey Brook, Pa., were each charged with felony unlawful trafficking of cocaine and misdemeanor unlawful trafficking of marijuana. Ogden was also charged with trafficking in dangerous knives.

Trooper Paul Casey of the Maine State Police said in his report that Ogden was driving west on Route 2 when Casey stopped him for an “inadequate tail light on the right side.” Casey said that he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car and thought that Ogden appeared to be “under the influence of some kind of substance.”

Casey said Hold surrendered a cigarette pack containing a marijuana joint. A search of Ogden found a switchblade knife, and a search of Hold found a marijuana pipe.

Deputy George Cayer of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office and Trooper Tyler Stevenson of the Maine State Police also assisted with the stop. Using a drug-sniffing K-9 unit, police found a cigarette carton with five packages of rock cocaine in a bag of trash in the front seat. Bags of cocaine and marijuana were also found in a backpack in the trunk of the car.

A total of 28 grams of cocaine and 16 grams of marijuana were found in the car. Police also discovered a notebook with several names and Maine phone numbers, two small baggies that smelled of marijuana, and $705 in Ogden’s wallet.

Casey said Ogden admitted to picking up the drugs in Bangor. Hold told police that he had purchased two small bags of marijuana and that Ogden had supplied him with the drug in the past.

Both Hold and Ogden remained in jail on Monday afternoon.

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