Thell Brown

KENNEBUNK — A suspect was arrested on the Maine Turnpike on a drug warrant Wednesday, and while no drugs were found in the car Thell Brown was driving, Maine State Police say narcotics were later found on him as he was being booked at York County Jail.

Brown, 28, of Saco was charged with unlawful trafficking in schedule W drugs and trafficking in prison contraband, as well as on  the original warrant. He remains incarcerated at York County Jail in Alfred in lieu of $35,000 bail pending a first court appearance.

A Maine State Police Trooper was patrolling the northbound lane of Maine Turnpike around 3 p.m. Wednesday when he conducted a traffic stop.

“It was determined that the driver, Thell Brown, 28, of Saco, was driving with a suspended driver’s license and had a warrant for two counts of Class A aggravated trafficking schedule W drugs in York County,” Maine State Police said in a social media statement.

Police said they also determined that the passenger, Christopher Cato, 30, of Roxbury, Massachusetts, was wanted on a warrant for unpaid fines in Cumberland County.

A drug dog named Pinny conducted a “sniff “ of the vehicle and indicated the presence of narcotics, and while a search of the vehicle was conducted, none  were found.

Police said both men were arrested and taken to York County Jail, where corrections staff located 24 grams of crack cocaine and four oxycodone pills Brown had allegedly concealed on his person.

Cato was also booked on his warrant; police said his bail was set at $200.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 780-9016 or [email protected]

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