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Woodland man charged with trafficking in methamphetamine after car stopped in Caribou

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff
Jen Lynds | BDN
Jen Lynds | BDN
The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency searched a vehicle that was stopped by the Caribou Police Department on Monday evening after the operator, Todd Doody, 23, of Woodland, was determined to be operating after revocation. The vehicle was searched because of Doody’s conditions of probation. Two Caribou police officers found items in the vehicle that they believed may involve the making of methamphetamine and contacted the MDEA, who secured a search warrant and combed through the vehicle in Houlton on Tuesday, July 17, 2012.

CARIBOU, Maine — A Woodland man was charged Tuesday with trafficking in methamphetamine after police executed a search warrant on his vehicle.

Agents with the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant on the Ford station wagon Tuesday afternoon because police suspected that items in the vehicle could be used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

Darrell Crandall, MDEA division commander, said Tuesday that Caribou police Officer Matt Cummings stopped the operator of the station wagon, Todd Doody, 23, of Woodland, for a traffic violation about 9 p.m. Monday. The vehicle, which is registered to Doody and to Katherine (Bowring) Doody, was stopped in the parking lot of Ouellette’s Variety on Route 161 in Caribou.

Doody immediately was charged with operating after revocation and the vehicle was searched because of Doody’s conditions of probation. He was taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton on that charge and also charged with violation of conditions of release.

Two Caribou police officers found items in the vehicle that they became suspicious were involved in the making of methamphetamine, according to Crandall.

MDEA agents were called to the scene to follow up and confirmed that the items were consistent with items used to make methamphetamine.

The vehicle was secured, seized and towed to an impound facility in Houlton.

On Tuesday morning, MDEA agents obtained a search warrant for the vehicle and members of MDEA’s lab team assembled in Houlton just after 2 p.m. to begin processing the evidence.

Crandall said on Tuesday evening that agents went to the jail after the search and spoke to Doody. He subsequently was charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, a Class B crime. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

The investigation is continuing and more arrests are possible, according to Crandall. This is the 15th meth lab incident MDEA has handled in Maine since July 1, 2011, he said.

“This situation rolled out exactly as it should,” Crandall said Tuesday evening. “The Caribou officers acted diligently to protect themselves and the public by recognizing what they had and calling for assistance.”

The MDEA was assisted at the scene by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

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