TENANTS HARBOR, Maine — The state has dismissed charges against a Tenants Harbor man in connection to two separate drug seizures.
The dismissals came after 56-year-old Edward Thorbjornson completed a successful deferred disposition.
His attorney, Jeremy Pratt, said the case was garbage, and that is why the state dropped the charges.
Thorbjornson was charged in March 2015 with felony importation of bath salts from China. The investigation by members of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Postal Service began a month earlier after agents seized an international package that was coming from China after observing several other packages going to Thorbjornson from that country, according to the MDEA.
The powder was checked at the state’s health and environmental testing lab and confirmed to be bath salts.
He was arrested again in October 2015 on charges of felony cultivation of marijuana and violating a condition of release. He was accused of growing nearly 150 marijuana plants at his home.
The arrest came after the MDEA conducted a bail check. When the officer went inside the home, Thorbjornson said they were growing medical marijuana for five patients, according to the affidavit.
A check of the basement and outside allegedly found 148 plants.
Pratt said that for the state to have proven the bath salts charge, it would have had to prove that Thorbjornson knew the product was illegal in Maine. He said that the website from which he purchased it referred to the product as a herbal remedy and said it was legal.
In regard to the marijuana charge, Thorbjornson’s wife, Stephanie Thorbjornson, 47, was a medical marijuana provider, Pratt said. She was charged at the same time with her husband.
All but one misdemeanor charge will be dropped against her by December if she refrains from criminal conduct, according to court records. Pratt said the regulations on marijuana providers are strict and she did not do a good job of maintaining the necessary paperwork.