June 24, 2018
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Rockland man suspected of making drugs in apartment arrested on OUI charge

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 28-year-old Rockland man out on bail after allegedly manufacturing a hallucinogenic drug in his apartment is back in jail after he was arrested Friday night on an operating under the influence charge.

Aaron Witt was arrested Friday night after police stopped the vehicle he was driving because it matched the description of the vehicle in a report that someone was trying to enter a home and wouldn’t leave, according to a report filed by Rockland police.

Witt appeared very agitated and told police he had been ripped off — that he had paid a woman $300 and that she did not get him what he was supposed to get, according to the report. The affidavit did not identify what he had expected for the $300.

Police arrested Witt after an officer concluded that he was under the influence of drugs. He is charged with criminal operating under the influence and two counts of violating a condition of release.

Witt appeared in Rockland District Court on Monday afternoon and sought release on bail. Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Liberman opposed Witt’s release, saying Witt was on both preconviction bail for the aggravated trafficking charge in connection with the lab as well as for postconviction bail for possession of suboxone.

Judge Susan Sparaco ordered Witt held without bail, saying the standard for release for a violation of conditions of release on postconviction bail are different than if he had not yet been convicted.

Witt repeatedly asked for release, saying he was hoping to get into a rehabilitation facility.

Witt was arrested Dec. 30 after he called police to say he suspected someone had broken into the James Street home he was renting. When officers arrived they found crushed pills and glassware that made them suspect the house was being used to make drugs.

A state mobile drug lab arrived and officers in hazardous material outfits went through the home.

Officials believe the home was being used to manufacture the psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT.

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