Littleton man still wanted in connection with Presque Isle meth lab case

Ronald Lewis
Ronald Lewis
Posted Jan. 12, 2012, at 6:20 p.m.
Ray Varney
Ray Varney
Leland Alger
Leland Alger

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Local, state and federal police are still searching for a Littleton man who is wanted in connection with a meth lab discovered last month in a home on Main Street in Presque Isle.

Ronald Lewis, 21, is wanted on charges of trafficking methamphetamine, according to Darrell Crandall, division commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Police already have arrested 28-year-old Leland Alger of Presque Isle and 23-year-old Ray Varney of Houlton as a result of their investigation in the case.

Agents from the MDEA executed a search warrant at the Main Street residence on Dec. 29 after coming to suspect that methamphetamine was being manufactured there.

Crandall said significant evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing was found at the residence and that sampling of that evidence was under way.

Evidence was taken to the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory in Augusta for chemical analysis.

He said that no one else has been charged in connection with the operation of the lab, but the U.S. Marshals Service has joined with the MDEA in the search for Lewis.

The last reported sighting of Lewis was in northern Maine on Jan. 4. Agents believe Lewis is aware he is being sought by police and is evading arrest.

Alger and Varney have both been charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

These crimes are Class B felonies, for which the maximum punishment is 10 years in prison.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Lewis is urged to call the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force at 780-3355.

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