SKOWHEGAN — More than $5,000 worth of counterfeit money was seized along with methamphetamine and other illegal drugs during a search of a Skowhegan home near Margaret Chase Smith School, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday. of the county of Somerset.
Sheriff Dale Lancaster said in a news release that a search warrant was executed Friday afternoon at a residence on Lawton Street, which stretches from North Avenue just north of downtown. Sheriff’s Office investigators were joined in the search by a Skowhegan police officer and they found the counterfeit money, 5 ounces of crystal meth, “a small amount” of fentanyl, digital scales and other materials, Lancaster said.
The counterfeit notes were turned over to the US Secret Service for further investigation. The market value of the drugs was estimated at $14,000.
James Mack, 39, and Ashley Bowman, 33, both of Skowhegan, have each been charged with aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs and possession of scheduled drugs. Lancaster said the trafficking charge is aggravated “due to the amount of drugs seized and the residence being within 1,000 feet of Margaret Chase Smith School.”
Mack has a previous conviction for drug trafficking, the sheriff said.
Mack was arrested on Friday while Bowman was not taken into custody and was simply charged in the case, Lancaster said.
Mack’s bail was set at $10,000 in cash.
Additional charges could be filed after prosecutors review the case, Lancaster said.
Mack and Bowman are due to appear in court in Skowhegan for the first time on June 15.
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