DEXTER - Several charges associated with this winter's Warden Service investigation into illegal smelting activity on Wassookeag Lake in Dexter have been dismissed by the Penobscot County District Attorney.
Game wardens summonsed nine different people in the investigation. Game Wardens Dan Scott and Kevin Adam charged five people with illegal angling, and all five have paid their fines. Another game warden charged four others with charges such as buying smelts from an unlicensed dealer, selling smelts without a license and illegal angling, and those were the charges dismissed by the District Attorney.
District Attorney Chris Almy cited improper conduct by the investigating officer as the reason for dismissal. Warden Service Colonel Timothy Peabody agreed with Almy's decision, stating, "I fully support and understand the reasoning behind Almy's decision to dismiss the charges."
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Roland D. Martin has ordered an investigation into the matter stating, "Maintaining integrity with the public we serve is paramount. I have asked colonel Peabody to investigate this matter, and submit his findings to me. A thorough investigation into this matter will ensure that this does not happen in the future."
Peabody has notified the Attorney General's office concerning the conduct of the officer.
Those who were summonsed in the case and have had their charges dismissed are:
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