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Traffic stop leads to arrest and drug charges for Allagash man

ST. FRANCIS, Maine — An early morning traffic stop in St. Francis resulted in police arresting an Allagash man on felony drug charges on Sunday, Feb. 10.

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Maine State Police Trooper Matthew Curtin attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Route 161. Instead of pulling over to the side of the road, the driver of the vehicle, Joseph Hafford, 20,  drove in behind the former St. Francis School building before coming to a stop.

Following the traffic stop, Curtin determined that Hafford had been smoking marijuana, which Hafford allegedly attempted to dispose of before interacting with Curtin.  According to a police report, Curtin alleged he found Hafford in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia related to the use of methamphetamine.

Police impounded Hafford’s vehicle and discovered additional items of drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

Police arrested Hafford and transported him to the Fort Kent Police Department, where they charged Hafford with with felony possession of methamphetamine as well as use and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hafford posted bail and will appear Monday, April 1, at Fort Kent District Court.

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