RUMFORD – A routine traffic stop landed a Rumford couple in hot water Saturday after drugs and paraphernalia were found in their vehicle.

Larry Labonte, 51, and Marcy Duguay, 43, both of 408 Waldo St., were arrested on charges of drug trafficking.

Deputy Bill Nelson of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a 2002 Ford Explorer on Route 2 in Hanover on Saturday night. The vehicle had been going 10 miles over the speed limit, he said.

Nelson gave Labonte a warning for speeding and asked to search the vehicle. He said he found marijuana cigarettes, a piece of paper in a “druggist fold” which contained white powder, and a scale with white powder residue.

Nelson said he also found marijuana, a marijuana pipe, and two one-gram bags commonly used to measure out drugs in Duguay’s purse.

Chief Deputy Dane Tripp said the powder is suspected to be cocaine, but that has not been confirmed.

Labonte and Duguay were initially booked in Rumford. Duguay was freed on $600 unsecured bail, while Labonte was taken to the Oxford County Jail in Paris. He was released on $1,000 bail two hours after he was booked.

The Sheriff’s Office also recently assisted the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency with drug busts in Fryeburg, Brownfield and Lovell. Maine State Police and Fryeburg police also assisted in the raids, which culminated a three-month investigation by the MDEA.

Agents found 3 ounces of cocaine and $1,200 in cash in Brownfield; marijuana, scales, two loaded handguns, and drug records in Fryeburg; and small amounts of cocaine and marijuana in Lovell, as well as a loaded shotgun.

Kathleen Nionakis, 45, of Brownfield, and Correy Warren, 21, of Fryeburg, were arrested in connection with the busts and charged with drug trafficking. Police are seeking Patrick Stevens, 20, of Lovell, in connection with the third raid.

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