A Winthrop man was arrested Tuesday after he was found in possession of 58 grams of cocaine, according to police.

John Stewart, 61, was charged with aggravated trafficking of a scheduled drug.

Lt. Peter A. Struck of the Winthrop Police Department, which had secured a search warrant, conducted a search of Stewart’s  1977 Chevrolet El Camino after stopping the vehicle on U.S. Route 202.

During that search, according to court documents, police found 58 grams of cocaine in the pocket of a pair of blue jeans that were on the passenger-side seat of the vehicle.

Struck said police then searched Stewart’s house at 104 Memorial Drive. Struck declined to say what, if anything, was found during that search.

Court documents said bail for Stewart, who has a prior drug trafficking charge, was set at $50,000 . In July 2002, Stewart was convicted of possession with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

Struck said Winthrop police were assisted by Maine State Police and agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.


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