Maine man held on drug charges after Erving traffic stop

Recorder Staff
Friday, September 08, 2017

ERVING — A Maine man who was charged with transporting just over a thousand bottles of a marijuana-infused drink in his vehicle while driving under the influence of marijuana was arraigned in Orange District Court Thursday on several charges and was held on $50,000 bail.

Simon Wiinikainen of Starks, Maine, was stopped by Erving Police on Route 2 on Wednesday, Sept. 6 around 4:35 p.m. for going 62 mph in a 40 mph zone, according to a released from the Erving Police Department.

While investigating the vehicle, Erving police found 1,015 bottles of a drink labeled “Lifted Drink Co.” The bottle label says it contains 100 milligrams of THC, or the active ingredient in marijuana. Police said the drinks were flavored juice, tea and cider. The police also said they found 56 grams of marijuana concentrate and $1,000 cash. Police estimated the street value of the drugs seized to be $23,000.

Wiinikainen was arrested and charged possession with the intent to distribute a Class C drug, manufacturing a Class C drug, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana, open container of marijuana in a motor vehicle, carrying a dangerous weapon, speeding and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

He was originally held on $25,000 bail but following being arraigned in court on Thursday, it was raised to $50,000 cash bail following the court determining probable cause, according to the Erving Police Department.

The police issued a warning to people to be aware of THC-infused products.

“We caution young adults and children do not consume candy, drinks, etc., that do not appear to be professionally packaged with a manufacturing company that you are familiar with,” Erving Police said in a statement.