MDEA raids meth lab in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency responded to the seizure of a methamphetamine lab in Ellsworth Thursday.

UPDATE: A fourth person has been arrested in connection with the investigation. 51-year-old Karen Ward was arrested Friday and charged with Class B Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs. She is currently being held at the Hancock County Jail with bail set at $5,000 cash.

ORIGINAL STORY: Acting on information received earlier this week, investigators from MDEA's Downeast District Task Force opened an investigation at 18 Hancock Street in Ellsworth.

On Thursday agents obtained a search warrant for an apartment, along with a 1999 Cargo ban and a dumpster which were adjacent to the apartment building. Specially trained agents, along with a State of Maine Chemist, collected a substantial amount of evidence during the search.

The evidence collected was indicative of meth manufacturing using a process commonly referred to as a "one pot" or "shake and bake" method. The MDEA was assisted by the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency, Ellsworth Police and Fire Department, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, and Hancock County EMS.

Charges made in connection with the investigation so far are as follows: 30-year-old Bridgett Spencer, Bangor Transient, Charged with Class B Felony Trafficking in Schedule W Drugs; 34-year-old Jack Lint, Bangor Transient, Charged with Class C Felony Possession of Schule W Drugs; and 30-year-old Stanley Swallow of Ellsworth, held on a probation violation.

Police are still investigating, and are anticipating additional charges, potentially to other people involved.


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