Drug bust nets five near Lowell school

2014-03-22T21:49:00Z 2014-03-22T22:42:58Z Drug bust nets five near Lowell schoolDiane Poulton Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 22, 2014 9:49 pm  • 

LOWELL | Five people including a pregnant woman were charged Friday after Lowell police found 66.19 grams of marijuana and cash in an apartment near Three Creeks Elementary School.

Court documents indicate a warm pipe was found under a child’s crib in one bedroom and a sleeping child in a crib in another bedroom. Scales, and plastic bags also were found, police said.

Lowell Police Chief Erik Matson said police were called Thursday to the apartment building at 1695 Crestwood Drive when a neighbor reported the smell of marijuana emanating from a first-floor unit.

Eric Smith, 24, an apartment resident and father of the child, was charged with dealing marijuana within 1,000 feet of school property, dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, taking a minor to a to a nuisance and maintaining a common nuisance.

Also charged Friday were:

  • Jacob Hardesty, 18, dealing in marijuana within 1,000 feet of school property, dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance;
  • Ashleigh Johnson, 20, also an apartment resident, mother of the sleeping child and 34 weeks pregnant, charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and taking a minor to a nuisance;
  • Kaylee Kincaid, 19, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance;
  • Kraig Maatman Jr., 20, possession of marijuana and visiting a common nuisance. All are Lowell residents.

Charging documents indicate when police arrived they found a 20-year-old Lowell man leaving the apartment and acting suspiciously in the parking lot. Police found a drug pipe and .915 grams of marijuana in his possession. Police said the suspect is expected to be charged with possession of marijuana.

Police said they were contacting Child Protective Services regarding the child.

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