Skowhegan officers discover child in SUV in which illegal drugs were found, police say

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SKOWHEGAN — Officers conducting a traffic stop over the weekend found an 8-year-old child in an SUV with three adults in possession of several grams of fentanyl and crack cocaine, authorities said Monday.

A Mitsubishi SUV was stopped by police on Madison Avenue on Saturday and in addition to the 8-year-old boy, they found 21 grams of fentanyl and more than 30 grams of crack cocaine, Police Chief David Bucknam said in a statement.

Arrested were Trisha Bennett, 43, of Norridgewock; Terry Nurmi, 46, of Skowhegan; and Taron Ross, 25. Police did not provide a hometown for Ross, saying only that he is a resident of New York.

The child is the daughter of Bennett and Nurmi, Bucknam said. The girl was then handed over to members of her family.

Bennett, Nurmi and Ross are being held without bail at Somerset County Jail.

Bennett was charged with aggravated trafficking in a programmed drug, endangering the welfare of a child and operating under the influence of drugs. Nurmi was charged with aggravated trafficking in a programmed drug and endangering the welfare of a child. Ross was charged with aggravated trafficking in a programmed drug.

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