Man allegedly visits police station with cocaine in his shoes, arrested
FARMINGTON - A Livermore man was arrested and charged with aggravated trafficking Saturday, after he allegedly visited the police department with cocaine concealed in his shoes.
William Tardif, 42, of Livermore, has been charged with aggravated trafficking of a scheduled drug.
According to the Farmington Police Department, Tardif went to the police station at roughly 4 p.m. on Aug. 7, to pick up a copy of a document. He was being assisted by part-time officer Brian Ross, who has a full-time position as an agent with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency.
Ross, according to MDEA Supervisor Gerry Baril, recognized Tardif and realized he was under federal probation and subject to search and testing for drugs at the request of a law enforcement officer. Tardif reportedly had a known criminal history of transporting drugs in his shoes.
"Tardif is known to have hidden cocaine in his shoes in the past," Baril said.
Ross asked to see Tardif's shoes and reportedly discovered 14 grams of cocaine. Tardif was arrested and transported to Franklin County jail. The charge is aggravated due to prior trafficking convictions.