Littleton man on the run for seven months arrested in Kansas

Ronald Lewis
MDEA
Ronald Lewis
By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Posted July 17, 2012, at 11:13 a.m.

LITTLETON, Maine — A Littleton man who has been wanted by police for about seven months in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered last year on Main Street in Presque Isle has been captured.

Darrell Crandall, division commander of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, said Tuesday that Ronald Lewis, 22, was arrested at 11 p.m. Monday in Topeka, Kansas. Crandall said that officers with the U.S.

Marshals Service took him into custody based on a warrant obtained by MDEA agents following the seizure of the methamphetamine lab in Presque Isle last year.

Lewis was wanted on charges of trafficking methamphetamine.

Agents from the MDEA executed a search warrant at the Presque Isle residence on Dec. 29, 2011, after suspecting that methamphetamine was being manufactured there.

Crandall said significant evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing was found at the residence.

At the time, police arrested 28-year-old Leland Alger of Presque Isle and 23-year-old Ray Varney of Houlton. Alger and Varney both were charged with trafficking methamphetamine.

Law enforcement soon began looking for Lewis.

The last reported sighting of Lewis was in northern Maine on Jan. 4.

Agents believed that Lewis was aware he was being sought by police and was evading arrest.

Crandall said Tuesday that the AroostooK County District Attorney’s Office would begin the formal extradition process and ultimately Lewis will be brought back to the area to face methamphetamine trafficking charges.

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