JAY — A local man previously convicted on drug charges was arrested Wednesday night for having 30 pounds of packaged marijuana in his possession.

Robert Whittemore, 65, of Jay, was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated trafficking in a scheduled drug and a misdemeanor charges of violation of conditions of release, Police Chief Richard Caton IV said.

A conviction on the felony charge carries up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Officer Dylan Rider went to Whittemore’s residence on Intervale Road (Route 140) to check  that Whittemore was complying with conditions of release, Caton said.

Whittemore was convicted of an aggravated drug trafficking charge after an arrest in September 2007.

Rider was assisted at the scene by detective Michael Mejia, officers Stephanie Guillemette and Ethan Kyes and a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency agent.

Whittemore is being held without bail at the Franklin County jail in Farmington, Caton said.

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