AYER -- A 22-year-old budding music producer from Fitchburg was placed on probation after he admitted that during a routine traffic stop in Townsend last May he was found with a half-dozen baggies of marijuana.
In Ayer District Court, Andre L. Mitchell admitted to sufficient facts to charges of possession to distribute a class D drug (marijuana) and operate a motor vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender. Judge Mark Sullivan continued the case without a finding for one year while Mitchell is on probation.
Prosecutor Allison Brown explained that at 8:15 p.m. on May 18, Townsend police spotted a blue truck driving along Brookline Road. A check on the license plate showed the registration was expired and the owner's driver's license was revoked. When police searched Mitchell after arresting him on the motor-vehicle charges they found in the pocket of his shorts six to seven baggies containing marijuana and $672 in cash.
In arguing for probation, defense attorney Damian N. Riddle told the judge that Mitchell owns his own business in music production and works with his uncle installing cell-phone towers. Mitchell, who has no record, cleared up the issues with his driver's license and is one semester shy of earning his associate's degree.
-- Lisa Redmond