April 25, 2018
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Easton trio charged following methamphetamine bust

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

EASTON, Maine — Three people from Easton were arrested and charged by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency late on Wednesday for methamphetamine trafficking and possession.

Lucy Allen, 28, has been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, MDEA Division Commander Darrell Crandall said Thursday. Her boyfriend, Brian Holmes, 32, also has been charged with trafficking in methamphetamine. Curtis Barnes, 32, who was with Allen when she was arrested, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Crandall said that MDEA agents purchased methamphetamine from Allen as part of an ongoing investigation that began after agents were tipped off that Allen and Holmes were making and selling the drug.

Allen met with an MDEA informant in Westfield and was taken into custody after allegedly selling the informant the drug. Barnes also was charged at that time.

Holmes had been convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in 2009, along with robbery. He was sentenced to a total of four years in prison on both charges, along with probation, and he was ordered to remain on the state’s Sex Offender Registry for 10 years. Crandall said that Holmes was taken into custody Wednesday at the Easton home on an arrest warrant seeking to revoke his probation on the sexual abuse charge.

While there, agents saw items consistent with those used to make methamphetamine. A search warrant was obtained and members of MDEA’s lab team spent nearly four hours processing and taking samples of evidence. Crandall said that the agency seized chemicals, solvents, equipment and methamphetamine. Agents also seized materials used in several prior “cooking” operations, as well as detailed logs of those operations.

Allen and Holmes each could face up to 10 years in prison on the trafficking charge.

“Lately, we have had a surge in drug manufacturing incidents, not just in Aroostook County, but across the state,” Crandall said Thursday. “Hopefully, this will not be a continuing trend.”

Anyone with information on drug crimes may call MDEA, toll free, at 800-452-6457 or go to the website at www.maine.gov/dps/mdea. The agency also is on Facebook: www.facebook.com/maine.drug.enforcement.agency.

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